Never Judge a Book by its Cover




"Labeled"
8” x 9” x 1 1/4
Oil on stone, mixed media 2005

I found an old library index box in a garage sale and it triggered the idea of how some people like to categorize others, to put them into neat comfortable little categories. “Never judge a book by its cover" yet people do it all the time. Sometimes it's based on an initial impression (and some of those impressions are not always wrong) or based on prejudice, preconceived notions and dislikes. I guess when it bothers me is not that we sometimes do it (I think that is human nature), but that some take their perception as fact and leave no room for accepting that people are not always what they seem and don't keep an open mind.




My blog entry was inspired by a great story on
Simplistic Art called "Jumping to Conclusions".


Comments

The Lone Beader said…
You are so right! People need to keep an open mind in order to be more accepting of others.
cynthia said…
I try not to judge people on first glance, but catch myself doing it quite often.

I think it is human nature to do so since we all have our biases, comfort zone etc. that we bring to the table. In some ways, I think it helps our brain put things into context for us.

That being said, my first impression is often proved wrong if I get to know a person - and...sometimes confirmed. That doesn't mean that I'm going to shun them or disparage them in person or to others, however, I will simply choose not to be their best friend.
Sarah said…
Wow this is really great! I love this piece and wish I could see it in person. I always find it interesting when artwork has a specific statement to make, and you did a great job with this!
Bill Evertson said…
I'm sure it's no coincidence that Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance" is playing. Despite Lennons made up words, we feel the ordering of people into categories. You didn't mention gossip. Now thats the next step.
Lana Gramlich said…
Ain't it the truth...
Connie said…
I really like the piece Corrine and I couldn't agree with you more. I think also, sometimes we limit our own selves by creating labels for our self.

Your post gives me something to think about. That's what I like about coming to your blog. And I also love that you play around with tons of different materials and ideas. Awesome.

Peace & Love.
Shea said…
Wpw. you are getting better and better,
You seem to be tuned into humanity right now,
Whether or not the "art" world knows it, you are one of the current greats, ..............
Janvangogh said…
This card file was the perfect find for this piece. Is the body a plaster wrap also like the nose?
Undaunted said…
This is so true. Great story on Simplistic Art too.

I love your piece. Is it just the head that is a stone?
JafaBrit's Art said…
I think it is a balance lone beader, cynthia. Thanks sarah :)

Yes I think too we can put ourselves in boxes connie, and it can limit our growth.


phew shea! that is quite a compliment but I am not sure I deserve it yet. Maybe after 20 years and I don't feel like an art baby still.

Jan, Undaunted, the body is made up a wire armature and then I added papier mache, then plaster wrap, and the head is oil on stone.

oh gossip bill! that is another human trait that we walk a fine line with.
Claire said…
This is now fighting with the Id piece as my favourite, in fact they go together perfectly.

I think you would be a wonderful arts therapist, you definitely have the knack for it.
this is INCREDIBLE this can painting. makes my little collection seem stupid now (i'm just collecting cans)
Sunil said…
Thanks for the words on the story.