Friday, May 6, 2011

Baby, I'm an Alien Like You

Tonight, I had the distinct pleasure to attend the Georgia All-State Art Symposium Awards Ceremony. Students drove in from all over the state to see their artwork on display. The work is full stop awesome. I was speaking with a recruiter from Savannah College of Art and Design and we were discussing how intimidating as an artist it is to teach people this skilled. Because, yeah, I'm pretty sure I met the next Diane Edison or Lucien Freud tonight.

The guest speaker, artist Katherine Taylor, had some pretty remarkable advice for students. But, my favorite part of her speech was when she validated the parents in the room. She nodded to the Moms, Dads, Friends, and Family and said (I'm very roughly paraphrasing) "years ago you gave birth to this creative, talented, alien. And, that has been your burden and your blessing."

Wow. So, true. Us creative fools are definitely strangers in a strange land. Her words reminded me of this song, and especially this lyric: "Lift your eyes, and let me in, baby. 'Cause, I'm an alien like you."

Enjoy.

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