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From amateur to connoisseur

Assistant Art Appraiser Erika Del Vecchio presenting abstract painter Richard Mill at Galerie Trois Points to foreign students attending Michelle Sullivan's Current Trends in Digital Communication course at McGill University

Assistant Art Appraiser Erika Del Vecchio presenting abstract painter Richard Mill at Galerie Trois Points to foreign students attending Michelle Sullivan's Current Trends in Digital Communication course at McGill University

Preparing for my talk, I thought about how pretentious it is to address a group as an expert on anything. Even as the very common imposter complex had been fading to the background of my psyche in recent years, I still had to deal with this idea that I had something to say about content creation, community management, etc, and that was worth listening to.

I honestly don’t think about these things in very strategic terms, especially when it comes to my own projects.

In whatever field we engage in, we all start off as neophytes – or newbies. No one becomes an expert overnight, no matter the amount of lectures and webinars we attend. The sole idea of expert in itself implies that one has « arrived » at the top and is no longer progressing, learning, evolving – and that’s just sad.

Then comes a moment – after ten, fifteen years of going at something – where you can look back and see some progress. You do get to a point where you can say things about your « practice » – as a blogger or writer, in my case.

But yeah, it takes time. Even then, I wouldn’t call myself an expert, on contemporary art for example, far from it. Especially in these « soft fields », it’s ludicrous and not interesting one bit. However, I can say that I became something of a connoisseur, from looking at, thinking of, and writing/communicating about art, week after week after week, for so many years.

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