a rare but necessary referral

Saturday, November 06, 2004

I've been following Vitriolica Webb's blog for only the last two months. It was something I came across while reading the petite anglaise website. To say she's talented is an understatement. However, this week, she did something very nice, she summed up the late 20s, early 30s artist dilemma.

It's not obvious for those who aren't involved, but artists in a certain generation, a generation I'd like to bracket between 27 and 35, are plagued with a sense of angst. It's hard to define. Those over 35 are already bitter or established, but belong to a world where they regard the rapid change as something they had orchestrated. The under 27s live in a world where idealism was already killed to a certain extent, so they have neither the same sense of angst, nor the same rein on ambition. They know the system.

But, the 27s to 35s straddle the fine line, having experienced first hand the sudden rush and revolution of the globalization generation, seen the way the market place has changed but not reaped all the new programs installed to help the younger generation cope said new employment situations. We're a cursed bunch.

But, I digress. Let me return to Ms. Webb's recent post on her bipolar artistic nature. It's a great post, quite succinct, and her ilustrations are great. Her summations about lifestyle, kitchen creativity, paints, philosophy and leaving her two opposing sides, the "commie pinko and neo fascist," intact, are all spot on. So, with no further a do, introducing Vit and Madge.