Today is day 2 of the #RuckusMakersChallenge and an 8-day series on how Winos like us connect with the world over a glass of wine…
I’m a wannabe museum lover. Seriously – I really want to love them. Sometimes I do… and sometimes I pretend I do. When I walk into a museum, I generally have two simultaneous feelings: being “in awe” and being “not enough”. I’m in awe of the people who have dumped their souls onto a canvas or into a sculpture. And I feel that “I’m not enough” for not having the creative/artist gene. And even worse – for not understanding what an artist’s work even means. But I have to say that I love museums when I have a good guided tour, or a friend who knows something about what we’re looking at – something that give me more context to the art.
All of that said, I’m starting to realize that art isn’t always about me understanding the artist’s meaning or intent behind the work, but whether or not their work affected me. Correct me if I’m wrong Artists, but if I felt moved or warmed or angered after looking at your work, you’d be happy that you made me change, right?!
While at the Ruckusmakers workshop last week (see this post if you missed it), we talked about our work as our art. That any craft requires work and you have to work every day to get better at it. Most of us show up to work every day, just like an artist shows up to her studio every day. But the mindset of the worker and the artist is slightly different. The worker shows up with the general intention to get paid. The artist’s intent is to make someone change.
This made me think about winemakers. They’re out in the fields every day nurturing vines, picking and pressing grapes, fermenting and aging the juice, and eventually bottling their
work art. And we Winos get to show up at our favorite kind of museum – the winery – to experience that art with all of our senses. We look, we smell, we taste, we savor this kind of art. And even better, that winery usually comes with a winemaker, who can elaborate on the intention behind his art. Sometimes we don’t understand it. Sometimes we don’t like it. But it always changes us. And I’m pretty sure most winemaking artists would be happy that we took the time to experience their bottled art.
Winos like us we think of wineries as museums. And we love bottled art.