I went to the Woodford Folk Festival a few days ago and enjoyed the creative abilities of many a musician. The Failed Painter and her partner escorted me through the myriad of people and the mud and rain - we had a few conversations on the way - typically about arty stuff.
At one point we talked about the amount of artists there are these days. It seems to be that everyone wants to be an artist. Is it trendy to be an artist? Can everyone be an artist? Is everything Art? Is art practice a delusion of those who are members of the cult of cool? What does it mean to be an artist today or even in the past? Should the government fund the arts?
My questions to myself in response are:
One - could I give up art tomorrow and never look back.
Two - do I have any talent at all?
Three - am I relevant to the art world (whatever that is) in any way?
Four - am I just being stubborn and seek art as a way of justifying my existence to others?
Five - should I go and get a real job and see art as a hobby?
This could go on and on, but on a personal level in response to my own whimsical questioning, I feel that I can lay claim to being an artist of sorts. Not perfect, but genuinely interested and committed enough to struggle through years of an art life. I must have some sort of talent in this area, otherwise I would have completely failed by now.
Is it true, that there are "artists" out there in the world who should not be artists, due to there lack of ability and talent? Are some of these "artists" pulling in the money where other more seemingly, deserving artists are scraping through?
Maybe commitment, talent, luck and hard work are factors that make or break the fool who would be an artist. But besides all that ambivalent discussion and rhetorical questioning, I am still working on my 'as' painting - it's more confused than ever and I need to finish it within four weeks.
Scribbles, scumbles and fragmented, unlinked ideas - "as a man thinks so he is".
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