From an interview with painter Beth Stuart at LVL3:
"LVL3: What is one of the bigger challenges you and/or other artists are struggling with these days, and how do you see it developing?
"Beth Stuart: I see - especially in the work I most admire - a tendency towards modesty, humility, soft humour and a kind of deliberate tentativeness. Consciously or unconsciously, I think this is in reaction to the more and more intense professionalization of the artist. As if in protest to the kind of aggressive, big, hard, shiny presence needed to breach the system, the best work is embodying none of these traits. People are exhausted with the constant noise, and perhaps finding respite in more quiet, mysterious actions." (read more)