My Genius Hour project is on how certain artists like Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, Basquiat, and Vincent Van Gogh’s lives effected their art. Though they all have completely different art styles, they all went through many damaging experiences in their lives and I thought it would be cool and interesting to look into how different struggles affect artists differently. It mixes my love for psychology and art and I can relate to some of the artists struggles. Art is a tool for escapism……
For my twitter list, I have added a compilation of 18 professional artists, hobby artists, art professors, art historians, illustrators, and art collectors. I was originally supposed to have 10 people on my list but I progressively had to add more because the people on my list would only post about politics which was irrelevant for my project, so I had to broaden my selection of people, though 8 more people didn’t even make that much a difference.
These people are related to my Genius Hour project because they either studied art, teach art, have been creating art for a long time, or have it as a profession. Even if some of the people on my list didn’t study art, they can tell me about how their lives affected their art. For example, I have an ex-marine corps vet who loves flowers, color, and beauty and said, “After so many years of destruction I feel it’s now my duty to create”. He especially would be interesting to get information from because his art style could have changed between the time that he was a vet and now. And of course art historians know about old art, like Van Gogh and art professors would be able to tell me more about my chosen artists’ art style.
I asked my list members about the relationship between their art and their lives. I couldn’t privately message anyone on my list because they didn’t follow me back but I @ tweeted some people or commented under their art. I have gotten zero responses from the people on my list, the only interaction I’ve ever had with any of them is one person messaging me saying, “Yay! I’m so glad you’re in my world now” but I guess I got too excited and ended up losing hope again because when I tried to start a conversation to talk about my Genius Hour project, but she never replied. In the long run, I didn’t get any information but if I did then I could have used some of what they gave me throughout my slide to show the audience how life affects artist’s lives who are still currently alive.
Nobody responded to my questions, though a few of them liked them, which only proved that they saw my tweet and still decided not to respond. Nobody on my list followed me back either. Because of my lack is responses, nobody could also offer any more assistance and it was physically impossible to continue a conversation that never existed. I have no results but a loss of hope and a note in my head that maybe Twitter Expert Connect just doesn’t work for everyone. I don’t think I’ll be using this process again, at least anytime soon. Overall, I’d give this experience a 2/10. It was nice exploring art pages but I got zero help or information that furthered my research for my Genius Hour Project.