I’ve spent a lot of time deciphering the role of an artist. It’s been an interesting journey to pinpoint the responsibility I have to myself, to the work, and to the world. I’ve come to a few conclusions so far…
- The word “artist” is too broad to be a descriptive term
- I enjoy and believe in all types of artists
- Determining my role will forever be a work in progress
"Artist" : A Working Job Description and Why I Started Selling Art
In my mind, a successful artist is someone who balances the act of creative freedom with the intent to communicate something of value.
My journey to step into the commercial art world began from a single comment. I was working on a project for myself involving clippings of dismembered body parts that where growing from a garden. I was excited and thought it was an innovative way to represent the more difficult aspects of growth, but the only significant response I got was, “ what if you could made something people could hang in the living room ?”
It took me a whole year to understand why people wouldn’t want that in their living room. A second year to understand that without the intent to communicate to a world outside of myself no one understands what I'm saying. A third year to understand that I not only have to consider the outside world, but that I also have to translate my own personal language to a more universal code. A fourth year to come to terms with the idea that within this working definition, it is my responsibility to intend to create things with true purpose and value to our society ( that’s like a lot of pressure ). And finally a fifth year to find a way to comfortably step into the role of the kind of artist I want to become, with the shifts towards teaching, coaching, and facilitating creativity in others.
I think I’ve finally extracted all that I can from the quest to make art for the living room and am ready to use these tools I’ve gathered in new ways. Unus Mundus Art was born in 2012 as a space to explore universal truth, the nature of reality and unity in the human experience. What I’d like to do now, is invite you all in to join the conversation.