“Art for art’s sake,” or something more?
What happens if an artist doesn’t share their art?
- A chef creates a delicious dish. But no one tastes it. Shouldn’t they share with people?
- A writer writes a great book. No one reads it. What if the book touches people in some way?
- A jeweler designs a gorgeous necklace and it’s never worn. How sad.
If artists didn’t share, museums would be empty and there would be no galleries. And forget Instagram. The scroll would be incredibly boring. Life would be so dull. Imagine every item of clothing plain. Every dish, every napkin, every rug, every chair, every truck, everything — plain. No jewelry, no high fashion, no movies, nothing. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but you get the idea. Boring.
Art is the artist’s gift to the world.
Picasso said, “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Children draw something. Anything. And are eager to show it off. They are proud of their creations. Refrigerators covered with crayon drawings.
Is it enough to remain an artist?
I’m lucky that art stayed with me. But I make art and don’t always show it. Sure, friends see my artwork. Some of it — pieces I choose to prop up on furniture around the house. But that’s about it. It’s time to change that. I’m not saying I’ll share everything. Hell no. There are many experiments in every studio, after all. No one wants to see the painting that turned to mud. Or the oil-painted flower cut in half because I was careless with my scissors. But sharing a curated collection. Definitely.
Art is a solitary profession, sometimes exasperating, but also often euphoric. Sharing will hopefully bring others happiness as well.
Isn’t that the point?