Michelle Scourtos was born and raised in some slightly better than the projects type buildings. She received her BA in philosophy at Bard College (06’) and her MFA at Pratt Institute (09’). She now lives in Estero Florida with her mother. Please help her get a job and her own place. The most formative part of her career was spent in Brooklyn between 2006-2010.
I think that an artist, to be any good and have an evolving body of work, has to be able to take anything in and spit it out with their twist - or something less goofy sounding. I had a friend in high school, Andrew, who would talk about this - he was a huge influence. He always talked about how he didn’t feel like he was expressing anything, he was vomiting out what the world fed him. I have never heard anything smarter said about art and I think it takes care of any question of Authenticity or consistency (though it is a “who should get paid” nightmare…oh well.) That allows for a totally disparate body of work since all that is needed is a being to take in stimulus and spit out something that isn’t what went in - we all become functions. And, since humans change, they needn’t be static functions. In college I wrote my thesis on Pierce’s theory of truth - the idea that a consistent system of logic and clear definitions for universally accepted terms could allow for different eras to believe different truths while still allowing for an absolute standard against which these truths could be measured. If the artist is considered to be a logical system, which necessarily changes over time as new truths and trends are discovered, then the art is authentic and consistent for this reason alone and doesn’t need further justification. An artist DOESN’T have to pick a “thing” to do.