Re: Are you an artist...? ....uh, hell YEAH!!

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Posted by Darla so Dreadly on July 6, 2002 at 20:21:45:

In reply to: Are you an artist...? OR just someone who does henna... my history on this.LONG posted by Veronica on July 6, 2002 at 18:47:22:

Hey there Veronica! wow, what a great post!

Yes, I'm an artist, have been all my life and even have a B.F.A. to
prove it. hehe, but you don't need a degree to be an artist, hell,
you don't even need art supplies to be an artist. If you're an
artist you simply ARE one.

When you mention that you lost your artistic abilities for a while
when you were making the transition into adulthood, this is not
uncommon. Children are natural artists, they create without worrying
about whether or not what they are making is supposed to "look like"
something. As we grow up, we lose that... I think it kinda has to do
w/ our society, not accepting artists. Ask a classroom of children,
what do they want to do when they grow up, half the room wants to be
doctors, the other half lawyers.

There are a lot of stereotypes of artists: that we're lazy beatniks
who sit around smoking cigarrettes waiting for good ideas to dawn on
us. Because of this (and the general thought that artists don't have
any earning potential) art is always downsized in school, and
underrated. Art in this western society is an afterthought,
something to match the sofa, a mild hobby to relieve stress...
for "real" artists, their creations never match anything, sometimes
not even their own lives, and often the act of creating causes more
stress than relieves it.

To our primitive, ancient ancestors, there was no differentiation
between art and life.

When people sometimes ask what I do, when I'm out hennaing, I tell
them I'm an artist, sometimes they have the balls to reply, "No, I
mean, what's your REAL job." "Uh... I'm an artist." I always find
it rather insulting when they probe me further into relaying what
sort of art that I do. They ask, "What do you do?" I say, "Well, I
got my DEGREE in painting and filmmaking." Some people try to
rationalize the notion that artists exist with anecdotes about a
sister or cousin who "paints in her spare time" or "teaches art."

The Creation of Art is like Adrenaline or Blood... it IS who we are!


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