About Messy Lines

Julia Johnson profile pictureMessy Lines is for hire!  Contact me if you would like to employ my excellent writing skills!

My name is Julia.  And I think art is awesome.

Messy Lines is inspired by multiple conversations with friends, family and strangers which can be summed up as: “that art’s a load of bollocks, right?” .  The idea that artists are ‘having us all on’ seems, disturbingly, culturally pernicious.  And so I try to write in a way which might make people stop thinking in this way.  Or, at least, consider an alternative view.

I think I’m quite a unique voice because once upon a time, it was me saying these things.  As I will freely admit, my own artistic skills leave a lot to be desired.  So growing up, I was pretty much ignored by art teachers.  And so I never saw art as something “for me”.

Then I went to university and ended up studying Art History, and it turned out art could be for me.  And why shouldn’t it be?  Ultimately artists have the same human feelings and thoughts as the rest of us.  They just put their ideas out there for us to react to.  So I believe that museums and galleries are important because they help me make sense of the world.  Sometimes, they even give me the chance to discover something about myself.

I hope you enjoy being part of my explorations here.

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