Jim Carrey: Actor, comedian, and….amazing artist?!

Jim Carrey has had a long career. He’s an accomplished actor and in my opinion one of the funniest men in America. Carrey has played notable roles such as the Grinch, God, a father who couldn’t lie for one whole day, Ace Ventura, and the Mask. We also can’t forget about the role that made him a break out star in the 90s with the skit comedy show In Living Color. All of his roles have been extremely humorous, memorable, and brought a smile to people’s faces, but when you think about Jim Carrey do you consider an individual who is deep, introspective, and an incredible painter? Recently there was a video that came out, which¬† was a six minute documentary about Jim Carrey and his art. He talked about why he paints and his inspiration. He discussed briefly about being a kid and when he wasn’t performing for family his bedroom was his refuge where he would sketch, which most introverts like myself can relate to. I was so awestruck by his paintings. They were incredibly beautiful and definitely told a story. There was one picture that he painted of Jesus, and he says that he doesn’t know if Jesus was real but he always imagined what Jesus would be and his description and depiction of Jesus was absolutely stellar. He describes Jesus as being someone that every ethnicity can relate to and he feels that every ethnicity sees Jesus as themselves. He wanted to capture the expression of Jesus’ eyes and he wanted to capture Jesus’ accepting nature, and he pulls it off. Honestly, if Jim Carrey was to sell his art I would buy it in a heartbeat. It’s just so amazing to see this side of Jim Carrey because the acting roles that he usually gets he always plays these over the top characters, so it’s really nice to see the man behind the mask. Who is Jim Carrey? More often than not he has been a man who makes us cry with laughter, but he’s also a very deep being. I love him even more for that. Below are some of his paintings that were in the documentary and that I found extremely stunning. I’ve also posted the six minute documentary. Let me know your thoughts!

Art interpretations

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So I am in this Facebook group that is for INFP women where we can share our innermost thoughts and quirks. We’re a loving group of women who are there for each other and it’s great, but anyway someone posted this picture in the group and a lot of us gave our interpretation of what the picture meant. I thought the picture symbolized how sometimes people are not satisfied with what they already have. Other people gave their interpretations and I just wanted to point out this wonderful thing about art. Something that I have always appreciated about art is the fact that art can be interpreted in many different ways. Everyone has a different perspective and there are no right or wrong answers. I guess that’s why I’ve always like studying English Literature. It’s the same with that subject. An author can have many different themes running throughout a book and there can be scenes that resonate with different people but for very different reasons. That’s why I’ve always preferred literature over math I guess lol. With math there’s always a right answer but with English there can be many different perspectives. That’s what makes studying literature so enjoyable for me.

Thought provoking statement

“The death of an artist is to get a degree and start teaching.”~Cedric Baker

*When I did my interview with Cedric Baker one of the questions I asked him was what has his journey been like as an artist. I was building off of his art exhibit theme, which is entitled “A Painter’s Journey.” I wanted to know more about what his journey was like getting to the point he is at now. Like all artist, he said he struggled to make money. As many people know the arts is something that one can be passionate about and that’s all we as artists want to do. All we want to do is create what we love, but then we get stuck in the dilemma of whether to pursue our dreams or go with a practical job to make enough money to provide for ourselves. That’s the age old struggle Cedric Baker dealt with as well when he was trying to make it as an artist. He talked about having to work a full time job because he had bills and he said as an artist that’s hard because you can’t be 100% focused on your art when you’re working a 9 to 5 job. Then he also made that above statement about a degree and teaching being the death of an artist. Although, I think he was putting more emphasis on the teaching part because he is also an academic artist. He went to school for art and his discipline was in painting. I agree with him on the teaching part to a degree. I think it would be difficult to teach and also completely be committed to what you really want to do. There have been many folks who have tried to push me into teaching just because I have an English degree and that’s not something that I’m passionate about. I tried to get passionate about it, but my heart has always been with writing. That’s all I want to do. Like I said in one of my previous posts, when I conducted my interview with Baker I walked out of that interview feeling so accomplished. I felt like it was another sign telling me that THIS is what I need and want to be doing. The interview went that well! On the other hand, don’t get me wrong. Teaching is an admirable profession. It’s a way to pass on your love of a particular subject to another generation and see what they do with it. I just don’t think teaching is for me. There have been many people who have said I would be a great teacher, but if I’m not completely 100% passionate about it I don’t think it’s a field that I should go into. I’ve realized that I should stop listening to other people and do what I know is right for me no matter how long it takes me to land that job I really want. Cedric definitely gave me some encouragement that day. It doesn’t matter if you’re not getting paid for it as long as you’re doing what you love.

Different art forms

I immensely enjoy the fact that there are many different art forms. I mean think about it. There’s visual and performing arts. There’s painting, sculptures, drawing, sketching, photography, dancing, and music. Even writing is an art form, which is an art form that I particularly enjoy. The fact that we as humans have so many different ways to express ourselves through creating things is awesome. There’s just something, almost mystical about art that I can’t explain. I try to explain it to a degree like in this blog but there’s also an element to it that is unexplainable because it makes me feel things that I don’t understand.

My passion

Today I had to conduct my first interview for the Carolina Monthly. At first I was really nervous because I haven’t conducted an interview since the last time I wrote for my college newspaper back in 2013. I interviewed Cedric Baker who has an art exhibit right now in Goldsboro, NC. It was really fascinating talking to him about his experience as an artist and where he gets his ideas from. I walked out of that interview feeling amazing. I literally walked out exhaling a sigh of joy because I realized THIS is what I want to do. The experience of interviewing someone and getting their thoughts and getting a deeper portrait of them was incredible. I had great interview questions, we were conversational, and Cedric Baker was really a great person to interview. He gave me a lot to work with. It made me realize that I really do have great interviewing skills. It was just really amazing and I am so proud of myself for my accomplishment today. Below is Cedric Baker in front of some of his artwork.

Music is one of the main things in ny life that truly brings me happiness. I can’t even explain my feelings about music. Bottom line is that music is magical. So, I’m at work listening to my Pandora and the station I’m listening to right now is Old School Rap. I’m probably in the majority that thinks that old school music is the best. It’s way better tham today’s music and I’m only 25 years old. Now don’t get me wrong. There are artists today who are taking music to whole other places and doing something unique with it. Those people are true artists, but sadly most of the rap genre has gone downhill but that is just a generalization of course. There are a select few who are doing great things in hip hop, but listening to these oldies…rap hits that came out in the 70s, 80s, and 90s brings so much nostalgia that sometimes I just get the chills and I wasn’t even born in the 70s or 80s but that’s the beauty of music. Music transcends race, decades, generations, and so forth. Earlier the song “Me, Myself, and I” by De La Soul was on and I was just like “Wow! This is true music right here.” Music should conjure up those feelings. Music truly is a universal language.

My chapbook

Ok, so I am a huge procrastinator and I have been wanting to work on my own chapbook of poems. For those who don’t know a chapbook is pretty much a booklet of poems, usually no more than 40 pages. I started putting my poems together and then I stopped, but I want to start back up tomorrow. I already have my theme for my poems. It’s going to be called “Scars.” I think that title is very fitting and goes with my theme because most of my poetry deals a lot with dealing with emotional scars and some physical scars. The idea of my theme being “Scars” just came naturally, as naturally as my poetry came to me. I tried doing everything online and by using Microsoft Word and putting all of my poems in an electronic folders but tomorrow I plan on doing everything old school and using pen and paper to write out all of poems that I want to include in my chapbook. I think it’ll be easier that way. Then I guess my next step will be to find a publisher. If any people out there know any good publishers I would be forever grateful for the guidance!