Mary’s Mount art exhibition speech November 2013

A few months ago I was talking to a woman in a shop and when she discovered I was an artist she said to me

“Oh I don’t have a creative bone in my body”
Now she was just making conversation and hoping I would buy something from her shop but I decided to give her a lecture and now I am going to give it to you.

Being creative is what makes us human. It is something all humans do and it is what makes us different from elephants and octopuses and gum trees and bacteria. It is not possible for you not to be creative unless you are, in fact, a bacteria.

The people who decided to stop chasing mammoths and start farming cattle were being creative. The people who invented numbers and writing were being creative. The people who came up with the wheel, the cart, the car, the Boing 747 were being creative. The people who thought of surgery and lasers and deep sea diving and flying to the moon were being creative.

Making art is learning to be creative for it’s very own sake. It is learning to trust your intuition. It is allowing yourself to stretch and grow and make mistakes and learn from them. Art is what makes us us. So never let anyone tell you that art is not important – it is the most important thing you can do.

Now I am not saying that everyone should aspire to be a professional artist. What I am saying is that you need to learn to be an artist in everything you do. Be an artist in your maths and your science, in your sport and your writing. Teachers should be artists in their teaching, parents should be artists in their parenting. Engineers, scientists, shop assistants, managers, doctors, cleaners, everybody should be an artist in what they do, partly because it will make you better at what you do but mostly because it will make you happy.

So having this exhibition, valuing the art work that you see here today is THE most important thing that this school has done this year. I am very happy to be part of it and invite you to enjoy the results of creativity.

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About Mikaela

I am an artist and writer living in the Perth Hills
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