It made me realize that we tend to look at simple pieces of art and think that not much thought or effort went into them, but perhaps we are mistaken. There is a quote that I have perhaps shared before about how any idiot can make things more complicated but it takes real genius to make it simpler, and I agree. We might do well to remember that next time we look at a sculpture, for example, and say "Oh, anyone could do that!" I hear it a lot, especially when people talk about modern art, and I couldn't disagree more. To make an eloquent statement in a simple manner is not necessarily easy. The sculptor Andy Goldsworthy comes to mind. Here is an example of an incredibly simple piece of his, but to me, it speaks volumes.
I love this kind of stuff, and after watching a documentary on Andy Goldsworthy, I know for certain that a great deal of thoughtfulness and effort goes into his art. And that the creation of it is anything but easy. Still, it has a kind of effortless simplicity that is absolutely elegant. I find it quite inspiring.
Here's another remarkable, yet simple Andy Goldsworthy piece - most of his are the epitome of the fact that
simple isn't always easy, but it can often can be quite satisfying. And it can be very difficult to achieve. So here's to simplicity; no matter how hard it is to achieve, it's well worth the effort.