As all of you regular readers of this blog know, I don't mind showing you some of the messes I have made. You are all so kind about them all, but that is not why I show them to you (although it is a great benefit to my head to read the words you have to say to me). As you can see, I am again today showing you some messes...real messes. Why? Because my friend, Jess has brought up a subject on her blog about being all over the place with her work right now, and I wanted to talk about that. This posting is dedicated to Jess, as she is the one who has me thinking. Thanks Jess!
I think so many of us create so much between the work we show to the public and this places us out there as elite. The view of artists in the world is often very romantic. However being an artist is anything but romantic for most of us. I know the same is true for many creative professions...think of designers, writers, architects, etc. Why do we have that image? I think some of it may be because the public sees the ultimate in our work. And another part of it is we do it because we can not do it...clearly we are not money driven. But when artist see the bits and pieces of work created by other artists they stand in awe because they understand what is going on with that person. We see the "being all over the place" as normal, brave, creative, true to ones self, etc., and we admire that greatly. Because we understand.
So this is what I want to ask. If we begin to use this world of blogging to show the world what it takes to get to the finding of voice, to create bodies of work, to show struggles, to show the messes it takes and to continue to show the greater aspects of being a creative person, do you think it would make a difference to the future clients? I know there have been artists lately who have shown their sketchbooks along side gallery shows. Has this helped them? Has it hurt them? Can we make a difference by showing processes? Can we gain anything from doing this? I know, on my part, it is helpful to hear what every one has to say. I know I have never learned so much as when I put work out here for you to see. If we collectively did this, could it begin to change the views of others?
I can't wait to hear what you have to say!
Tomorrow, we will be hearing from Julianne Richards about her art! Join me as we have another conversation.