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Friday, April 21, 2006

Why did you become an artist?

Every child must have been asked the same question by an ernest teacher "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

I remember sitting there listening as students' hands went up and some of their answers.

The teacher told us that "You should pick a job that has something to do with what you like to do." So I sat there and thought about all of things that I liked to do and all of the things I was interested in. It seemed to me that the only job that would contain all of the things I was interested in was art. That's the earliest memory I have of a conscious decision to become an artist. Over time, I found that the arts was a perfect place for me to explore my interests and share my conclusions and ideas with others.

While I was in college and for a couple years afterward, I got away from the idea of sharing my ideas. I found that the work I was producing early on was far from hitting the mark when it came to communicating. In fact, it was downright obtuse. So, for the sake of clarity, I re-focused my work on representational images.

I have found a greater satisfaction in my work since forsaking the obtuse. And I still am a student, always searching and unwilling to deny my curiosity.


Lisa Hunter said...

I always had two answers to the what-do-you-want-to-be question: the real one (to be a writer) and a made-up one, to avoid having people tut-tut how impractical creative careers were. In college, I usually said I wanted to be a boxing promoter, simply because no one ever knew how to respond.

Susan Constanse said...

That's great!
boxing promoter, indeed.