In watching this video, found at Habit of Art, I am simultaneously overcome with emotion and completely horrified. Ha! It's a true testament to the fact that my brain is evenly divided between the left and the right, creative and analytical. As a right-brained creative, I find the freedom that this child has to be inspiring; the way she articulates whatever she's envisioned in her mind and speaking through motions and paint is enviable. She doesn't question herself, as least not verbally or through any sort of visible hesitation, and she seem to see every piece through to its completion. I wish that I not only had that kind of artistic perseverance (and those supplies in abundance), and I don't even consider myself a painter!
As a more pragmatic, left-brained thinker, I find it completely appalling that they're dedicating so many creative resources to a project like this. I mean, she just dumps a bottle of paint onto the canvas! Paint costs money! The access to the mediums she uses is finite, right? Furthermore, when Pollock did it, it became something. Is her work something? What is art, anyway! Aren't these just brightly colored splotches? Why isn't she in preschool? Oh, the horror!
Apparently the art world is abuzz about her pieces and her talent, and some of her work is featured in a Manhattan gallery. Her parents pose a really interesting question in this 60 Minutes piece from 2009 - if you gave the same resources to anyone, child or adult, could they create the same thing? Or something just as meaningful/artistic/valuable/moving? They are simply just letting their child answer the question herself. For me, it clearly establishes that there IS art. When I see something artistic (or crafty) in a store, on television or in someone's home and I covet it, I often find myself saying, "well, I could make that". And then I go home and I try...and more often than not, I fail. It's only when I make something borne out of my own imagination that failure is impossible...or that authenticity is achievable. If anything, Aelita is a spokesperson for that.