“This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau
For a long time artists have been telling one of two stories:
1. I suffer for my art.
2. Art is always there for me.
During my career as a musician i’ve said the same things without really understanding what I was saying. It just FELT like that.
When I started producing and heard artists regurgitate the same things I nodded, but really wanted to say: “Dafuq that mean?”.
I understood the sentiment. You either feel like you give and give until it hurts and THEN the release comes, or it’s a like a dog that greets you wagging it’s tail everytime you sit down to create.
I get it. Artists think that there’s a kind of two way relationship.
Art doesn’t love you.
Sorry for the “dear John/Jane”-moment kids. Someone had to say it!
Art is giving without the need to get anything back. That’s why it’s often confused with love. It seems so unconditional. Like between a parent and a child. Beautiful and pure.
“Man, is this going to get even MORE depressive?”
Naaah, well… Maybe a little. Depends on how you look at it.
Art is neutral. Everything else is our projection on it.
“Crap. This IS depressing.”
The good news is that you can get rid of the “he loves me, he loves me not”! It’s all about you loving who YOU are and exposing it to the world!
So go ahead and love your art. Give it all you can.
But don’t expect it to love you back. It won’t be there to ask you how your day was or put its arms around you when you’re down.
We need to be there for ourselves and each other as physical beings, art won’t substitute that.
That being said, art can be a channel to communicate with people we may never meet: “I know the feeling”, “Let’s party!” or “Have you ever noticed..?”.
Here’s some quotes!
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle
“Inspiration does exist but it must find you working.” – Pablo Picasso
“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” – Henry Ward Beecher
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” – Michelangelo
Sketches of Frank Gehry