The Creative Prejudice

The Creative Prejudice

Charlotte Cocker

This oil painting aims to highlight the importance of the creative faculties, addressing the ongoing prejudice toward them. 

The sitter is my Grandfather and, by only completing the left side of his face in the portrait, I allude to the concept of the right side of the brain being that which instigates creativity, whilst the left side dominates, and deals with more logical and strategic issues. The stern composure of the sitter (who, with no right side here, has no access to creativity) emphasises that without the the arts, life is monotonous and predictable. Whether through music, literature, film, or fine art itself, life can be greatly coloured. 

As an MA student myself, I feel that there are often prejudices placed on non-STEM subjects: they are considered trivial, unnecessary, and elitist, yet the arts can be an intrinsic part of our lives. Paintings and literary texts are often directly concerned with important social issues, highlighting that they are by no means trivial, and the arts are also one of the best forms of therapy. I experienced this first hand when volunteering at a care home for the elderly: patients were totally emotionally re-awoken when practising painting, photography, and crafts, therefore the composition is also a nod to this idea by featuring an older sitter. My painting aims to demonstrate that we should therefore break down these prejudices, and always treat the arts with their due worth.