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Are you and artist? Am I an artist?

Two entries today! I must be feeling back to my old self because I have a lot to say. Anyway, I’m writing in regards to a post over on WetCanvas! that is talking about whether you’re an ‘artist’ or not and then goes into other discussions about who is an artist, who determines it, etc. You know, the age old debate.

I started to write a response and thought, you know, it’s better if I either keep it to myself or put it someplace where it can be deleted later. I guess that’s the on-line way of being politically correct…if it rubs someone wrong, it can be erased from my permanent record. That is, unless there are those of you out there that print this kind of stuff to use against me at a later date.

But really, my response isn’t that harsh, although it goes against what anyone else was saying there. Basically, I think, ‘Who the heck cares?’ As long as you buy my beads so that I can make a living at it, you can call me Frankenstein. Of course, that gets into the argument of whether people would buy my beads if they didn’t consider me an artist. But that’s up to them and I always say, you can’t be hurt by someone insulting you unless you let yourself feel insulted.

Most titles are just titles and most of them are meaningless other than to either separate you from others or give you a status that determines how much money you make or who you can boss around. Most titles can poof up egos and lead to power trips. So I say, phooey on it all.

Sure there are times when we all fall prey to that shiny object in the road. Who doesn’t like to be praised or recognized? Given what I’ve written above, I still toss around the word artist and remember my post on being so excited about being juried into an artist league?

It’s hard to separate from titles but when it starts to hurt people or make someone feel less than or more than, that’s when I would throw them out the window for sure. And just so you know…that jurying thing…even though I do like the fact that I feel recognized, my secret aim is to be juried in so that when they get so big and you have to jury into their shows I’ll be grandfathered in and won’t have to go through it. Not that that is going to happen, it’s just my own little planning scheme.

And lastly, someone said that artists are ‘called’ and something to the effect of having it or not having it. I do believe artists are called but not because they’re artists but because they have a desire to create as a person. That doesn’t mean they’re good at it. They just need to express something. I also believe that anyone can be an artist. Many doctors and counselors are artists as well as teachers and mechanics. And it can be learned. Creativity can be learned and cultivated. It’s how you look at the world and express yourself.

3 thoughts on “Are you and artist? Am I an artist?”

  1. I believe everyone is an artist….expressing in different ways. We are all born with talent that shows itself is in various ways. Everyone has an artist within and our gifts are meant to be shared. Those of you who find your outlet in expressing through form, whether it be clay, glass, paint or any medium, are offering a piece of yourself to be shared and admired. What touches the masses remains to be seen….but it’s creation comes from an place we all share. The greatest accomplishment of all is recognizing that passion and taking the action to make it known. Not an easy thing, but once it begins, the satisfaction outweighs the effort.
    What keeps you going? What makes you continue even though not everything you do satisfies your desires?

  2. I think I agree with you. I object to labels. Everyone is an ‘artist’ in one way or another even if their ‘artestry’ is keeping the house clean. In my experience, the people who are overly worried about whether someone is an ‘artist’or not appear to be the people who worry that what they do is not good enough or that someone ‘does it better’. To bang on about a calling seems to mean they feel they need some justification for their need to put others down. A true artist doesnt care what others think, they just NEED to create, even if noone ever sees it. Sorry, just my 5 cents!

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