I’ve wanting to write about this for a long time, it’s time.
Here’s my stance. Maybe you’ve heard that everything is a remix and that we’ll never see anything truly new and original. For decades we’ve been either imitating the great artists of the past, or we’ve been creating simple -not to say dull- songs, paintings, movies, books, buildings, plays, etcetera, with no context whatsoever. I believe that the sole and full purpose of art is to deliver a message, to transmit a feeling or an idea to another human being. If a creation doesn’t fulfill that intention, then it has no soul in it and therefore it’s not art.
All artists wish to create something that will separate them from rest, we all want to be the authors of “the next big thing”. I also wish for something like that, but here is what I’ve come to realize: It doesn’t matter. If you are truly an artist, then you must be a romantic, someone who creates from the very core of your heart, without thinking about what people may like or dislike. Also, as spectators that we all are -artists or not-, as part of an audience, we should care more about what a person is trying to deliver, not only about the execution. Sometimes intricate and complicated creations end completely flat when looked up close; or it can be quite the opposite, sometimes simple things, modest works, can change your life forever.
If you consider yourself an artist, then you should paint, write, build, cook, or whatever it is that you do, from your heart and you should never stop fighting for what you want. There is so much people on earth that trust me, you’ll find an audience, there is a market for all of us. If you are proud of who you are and what you do, then others will soon share your vision.
I also wanted to include my thoughts about critique in this post, but that will take me more than a few lines, so I’ll save it for another post.
What do you think that matters in art?