It's complicated being artistic …
A recent piece in the magazine Frieze about the concerns contemporary artists have caught my attention, and made me wonder what preoccupies those OCA students who are striving to be better artists?
The article contends that artists’ main preoccupations are to have the space in order to do whatever comes next. But then, what does come next? And what’s the point? This is the cause of even greater angst. Artists are constantly weighing up their role, their ‘place’, how to make a living, how to have integrity, whether to exhibit, how to exhibit, whether its important to exhibit, whether its important to create ‘stuff’ that you know will sell, whether to spend the time on social networking sites pushing your work, and over and above all these great anxieties, to consider how much this takes you away from your family, or detaches you from others in the inevitably lonely pursuit of visual creativity.
Being a bit of a geek (maybe you are too since you have at least found your way to WeAreOCA) I love the idea of promoting my work via social networking sites: but boy it is exhausting. And then you have to keep track of what you’ve set up…. I mean, I tweet my images, and these go straight to Flickr. They also go straight to my Facebook account, or do they? Did I change that setting? And then there’s my website, but I don’t like the look and feel and need to spend time improving it. And my blog? Oh I haven’t been keeping it up to date, and do I really want to be honest about all the workings through of what I do on there? Perhaps I should have two blogs and have the second as an avatar, so I can say exactly what I want. And maybe I should have a purely commercial site too?
Does anyone else have these or other nail biting angst about their creative activities, or is it all smooth running, relaxed, integrated, and fit in like Lego with the rest of your life?