What’s Art, Anyway? + Nickle Galleries 2018

How I Got Into Art

I’ve always been drawn to art, but it wasn’t until I visited Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria in 2014 when my interest peaked.


National Gallery of Victoria, 2014

Then I visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in 2016, and the 17th century paintings there made me feel sick to my stomach and scared. The relics fascinated me. I couldn’t get over the fact that soldiers once wore 50 kg armour, a HUNDRED AND TEN pounds of metal… to WAR. Some of them simply died from exhaustion!

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Rijksmuseum, 2016

I visited the Van Gogh museum, which blew me out of the water. When I saw his Sunflowers painting, I felt a glow at the pit of my stomach. It was like getting hit by an uppercut.

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Van Gogh Museum, 2016

In 2017, I came face to face with Monet’s Water Lilies exhibit at Musee de l’Orangerie, and I was shooketh to my core. I pretended not to cry.

Monet Water Lilies

Musée de l’Orangerie, 2017

I visited the Paris catacombs despite being very claustrophobic, descending 20 metres underground to visit the dark caves, littered with the skulls of some 6 million Parisiennes. I walked along the Père Lachaise Cemetery, feeling a strange sense of calm.

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Père Lachaise Cemetery,  2017

So, what is Art?

It’s an enigma; a moving feeling you can’t place. You get lost in it, yet you don’t understand it. It serves as a catalyst for your repressed feelings. It heightens your understanding of the world. It opens a door to a place in time that you’ll never get to revisit– except through archives, paint frames, and glass cases. It’s time travel.

You catch a glimpse or a fragment of it, but you know there’s a deeper meaning to ponder. Art does not illicit a conscious response, its seeps into your subconscious. It’s the brave attempt to express what’s difficult to understand.

Art in YYC: The Nickle Galleries (Mid Oct- December 15, 2018)

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  1. October 21, 2018 / 5:04 am

    Hi Chelsea, I just wanted to say hi here in the comments as I tried to get in touch with you before for a collab but never heard anything back from you. If you’re open to collabs I’d love to hear from you. You’re more than welcome to write directly to me on emily@blogerize.com – even if you’re not interested. All the best xx

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