Artists are a solo batch by nature. We need solitude to create, we work in a vacuum and are mostly unaware—or don’t care—about what goes on around us. Yet we have a need for ourselves and our art to be understood, so we ‘put ourselves out there’. But the sensitive process of doing so often leads to self-doubt and, at worst, melancholy.
Egocentric? Maybe, but the making of art is a deep expression of one’s inner self so how can one separate ego from the process?
Most active artist’s I know these days are trained to keep their work in front of the public eye through social media, showing in fairs/galleries and some of us dinosaurs are still blogging. But because we are naturally isolated in our heads, we have to remind ourselves to be friendly, remind ourselves to be social, remembering that maybe it was 2 weeks since we saw or spoke to anyone and all our social media posts were about the art and less about us, the “social” part.
This is the rub. Staying deep inside ourselves for the best creative results vs. showing up in the world as a social being. We struggle with this.
But we press on. Because we have to. Creating is like breathing and there is the constant question that if art is not seen by anyone is it really art?
If art is not seen by anyone, is it art?
So the next time you bump into an artist during their working day [like in the Canterbury Country Store!] and you see a far off look in their eye and a disconnect from your greeting, don’t take it personal. They are just creating something spectacular in their heads. And when you are following an artist on social media and they don’t seem as “social” as you would like, give them a break; they just forget how.
I am a textile artist, colorist and teacher living in Canterbury, New Hampshire. Visit my on-line art gallery here.
6 thoughts on “Understanding an Artist”
Thank you for sharing this insight Jane. Not something we non-artists think about and I am glad to have a deeper understanding of my friend! Love you lots
Thank you for commenting Diane. It makes me sooooo happy to hear that you can better understand me from this writing. I know I am quirky! ox
So true!!! Thanks for explaining it so well.
Thanks for taking the time to read this Michele! We are all so much alike…I am glad the writing resonated with you.
What a great explanation from someone who has not an ounce of creativity! I always enjoy reading about how artists see the world. It is always way different than I see it! Thanks!
Yep. We do see the world differently and that, of course, is what makes life interesting. You see it one way and I see it another. Thanks for commenting!!!!