44AD artspace’s Annual Open Summer Show ‘eighthwonder’ (a)muse
44AD Art Gallery and Artists Studios, Bath, UK
8 August – 18 August 2019
curator: Nina Jesih
Artists are always eager to show off their artworks. Finished projects or even works in progress rule the walls of the gallery spaces, offices and households, engaging the audiences. However, what is it that comes before that?
Since ancient times, artists have spoken about their need for inspiration for their creative selves to come out. Striking women (and men) ignited the debates surrounding the paintings and sculpture in Renaissance and Baroque periods. But what (or who) sparks the artists nowadays?
What is their inspiration? How do they start the process of creating? What kind of muse amuses them enough to proceed into creativity?
“The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited.” Stephen King, Bag of Bones
I asked artists from all over the world to express their stimulation in a finished artwork, resulting in a colourful variety of inspirational muses.
Hannah Robin Baker
José Crúzio & Pedro Maia
Marianne van Loo
Ryan Lee Boultbee