Monday, August 24, 2009

Why?


So...I seem to get this question asked of me quite often:

"Why do you make art?"

It's not out of a need to feel ok with the world. It's not really because it feeds my soul. It's not because I really like doing it. I do love making things, and painting, but it's not the only reason why I make art.

I think the reason I make art is because it's the only thing that I feel that I am really good at. It's the only thing in my life that I have ever felt totally confident doing. It's the only thing that I have ever felt that I really knew what I was doing. Even when I don't know, I do know that I can make it work. If that makes any sense at all.

So many things in my life I have failed at. Relationships, friendships, family, jobs. art has been the one constant in my life. It's been the one thing I could rely on to be a constant in my life. I can go back to it time and again and be ok. It's been the one thing I can rely on. always.

and that's it. Just in case you were wondering.

7 comments:

justagirl said...

I totally understand these words...

my head is nodding and my lips are smiling.

jessicajane said...

:)

Jen Anth said...

Love the website!

I also love your Etsy store. I seem to recall some bigger original collages you had of typewriters, but have those been sold...? They were fantastic.

-Jennifer
www.jenniferanthony.info
www.jenniferanthony.net

michaelendo said...

You can add puppy love to that list. You can always count on Chloe.

Janice La Verne said...

There is not a soul alive who hasn't had a failure in a relationship...it's human nature.

art is my fave relationship. if we get into trouble I can leave for a while and then come back. or I can push and shove and make it work.

humans are harder... maybe...

janice

krystyna81 said...

i totally agree...it's hard to define WHY we are artists. I think that's why I ponder my great aunt's and great grandfather's work so much...like I'm just pre-destined, geneticly, to be an artist (and as you can see by my spelling, NOT a writer! :)

forrestina vintage said...

Couldn't say it better myself. By-the-way, I like everything on your wish list. :)