I can't help reflect about the new generation of artists and designers making their way into society. I was privileged growing up being exposed to historic art influence (though at the time, as a child, one might have argued the "privilege" of being taken to stuffy museums instead of wheeling over to a place with rollercoasters). That exposure to the world of art consistently at a young age etched the importance of historic influence into my mind, and simultaneously into my work as years progressed.
I have seemingly been met lately with a somber reality - many new artists and designers have little to no interest in historic art and design. Is there an overwhelming sense of narcisisism sweeping across young creators in their apathy for anyone's work beyond their own? As a professor, this offers a challenge for me to work even more diligently to create an understanding and respect for historic influence and how it affects a creator's work.