A Blast from the past

Ever get that thing where you look up to someone so much that you kinda wanna be like them!? This happens with jobs, like kids want to be teachers or firefighters or actors to artists.

I can pinpoint people out at college who love their lecturer or a certain artist so much that their practice becomes the product of their admiration. I’m not stating that this is a bad thing, on the contrary it probably gives them something to work with. It’s no secret that I digg abit of Michael Corris, but I’m conscious of what I want from my practice, my ‘style’ and where I want my art to go.  I have always been aware of Corris ((alas many many many manyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more artists)) since I was about 16/17 doing my AS n A Levels in art when I discovered Conceptual art and found out about London and the NY Art&Language groups and totally LOVED a bit of joey Kosuth. So i jumped at the chance of doing art&philosophy last year so I could finially read and understand Art after Philosophy… some 3 years later.

So today doing that vanaity thing where you google your name.. in my case – Sarah Smizz, for a change i did it on Yahoo! search engine and got one of my old old old websites that I did when I was like 15/16 up. I cringed but noticed that I had a link 2 a photobucket gallery and curiosity killed the cat for sure. So I checked it out and saw aload of work that I had forgotten about that I did about 2004 – 2005 area. This was a suprise. The graffiti is still pretty dope, even though i do say so myself but the rest is pretty shit. I am still pretty impressed with my motivation of a 16 year old doing my own designing and stuff just for fun.

hOWEVER the point of this blog is to point out some scary similarities I noticed tonight.

Earlier this year I bought a printed book of Corris; As If the Pillars of Society. If I’m truely honest, I hadn’t a clue what it was but it was £7 and it soounded up my street with an awesome title like that. Got it, flicked through it – put it with my millions of other artist books and books about art. 

Some examples of Corris work which you don’t see on google are: (images are abit blurry but stops copyright n that dont it!?)

lets compare what I just did off the top of my head as a 16 /17 year old:



I must have been unconsciously aware at how awesome corris work was bizack then. Luckily I don’t do this anymore or then I would be most definately copy-cattin’ his style and ideas.
Scary right?

Published by smizz

I've had this blog since I was 17. I use it process thinking & work. It's changed with how my life has changed. Artist → Re-evaluating life→ Rad Oncology graduate + public health worker→ @lab4living PhD-er → Want 2 make a positive difference → Rule-Breaker → LIVE DRAWZ! → councillor! → Loves cities → rides fixie → adventures → wanna be ramen master → <3 Tokyo + NYC

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