There’s lots information out there about needing to have “something” to offer in order for people to connect with us or want our art. A point to argue or illustrate. A cause to champion. A story to tell. A theme. A colour palette. A mood. A consistent feeling or look, and so it goes on.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not really into having to “provide” all that anymore. To justify what I’m doing with “art wank”. (As MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, here in Hobart calls it.) Besides, you can’t please everyone! Either people appreciate what you do or they don’t. I paint because I want to paint. Simple!
Sure, it’s nice when others approve, purchase a piece or a painting gets an award, but these things are short-lived and not the main motivating force as I work. There may be themes, colours, a cause or a story to tell, but they will have arisen internally as part of the process, not because it’s an external requirement. In fact most of my art is informed play that may become a painting …. if the art gods are willing.
Landscape is my thing and there are many reasons why that is so. It varies all the time and I love the variety as much as I love making art. I don’t feel I need a big overarching reason. Making art is making art …. an experience to be enjoyed.
It’s an inquisitiveness that drives me. A need to try some things, learn and discover, see what is “out there”, or “in there.” To make an image, that becomes a record of this wonderful process.
ART is a big word!
It’s a privilege being “in charge”, consciously or not, of this creative “thing”. And it is a big “thing” because it becomes bound up with your very existence. Creativity and making art has been my companion as long as I can remember. It doesn’t define who we are, it’s just what we love to do.
I know of artists that have “worked” almost right up to their last breath. A local artist I know has failing sight but it doesn’t come anywhere near curtailing her art activities. She’s an inspiration. It’s a need and a love of doing it that drives us forward. Not the idea of making something for others.
Can artists choose to just enjoy making art and viewers just enjoy looking at it?
No commentary, philosophical reasons or wordy explanations.
Pure enjoyment for all!
I may be oversimplifying it, but sometimes I think we could do with more appreciation of the simpler side of things.
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