Nicholaus Arnold Mission Statement

I once had my tarot cards read at sunset in Key West. The medium had me take a deep breath and exhale my energies into the moment. She then told me that I’m always stuck in my own head and that there’s no escaping it, my artwork will always be about the inside of my head and will grow from my own pushing it. She had a heavy accent and didn’t know English too well, but I think I understood what she was getting at. I thought this was a strange circumstance to get this kind of information from a stranger, and wondered if it meant that I’m truly a conceptual artist at heart, or if I were simply crazy. Later on that night I thought ghosts were talking to me in my sleep.

I had an epiphany once. Early morning around maybe 5am in a friend’s apartment, after too much whiskey and bad blow, I decided to search the Facebook to pretend I’m friends with a bunch of people online. Always looking for the punch line in art, I thought I’d hit some kind of goldmine while reading status updates. It was probably the coke, but every status seemed like a signed perfect piece of art. I went through exuding my love of everyone’s status for a while before realizing that maybe I just want to be popular, or maybe just liked or loved. It all made sense for a second, but I realized I have to push the envelope as much as possible to really get people to care about me or what I want to do.

During a television interview in Knoxville I was asked to succinctly describe my work in a sentence and my response was, “I’m a semi-conceptual artist who likes to draw and make prints”. They followed that question what kind of super power I might want to which I responded immediately with, “I want the power of bees.” Suffice to say I talked much longer about bees than art, which seemed just more appealing to me than ranting about art. I wonder if that’s true for the audience who saw the interview. If it was, I might be on to something.

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