The role of the artist is to evoke emotion and possibly tell a story through their work. Just like a writer likes to create a black and white picture through their words, an artist likes to create compelling work that has deep meaning. Therefore, inspiration is put into place. Not everyone will understand it or accept it; but if you are in the present moment of true artistry, nothing else matters.
Fashion designers, contemporary artists, filmmakers, and actors all complement each other because they express their truth when they present their work in an authentic and raw spirit. I’m referring to artists who work hours on end and let the work speak for themselves and follow a daily routine. Greatness just does not pop for artists instantaneously. They are talented but they also never stop working. They usually do not crave attention on facebook due to their discipline but there is definitely an “unsettling” of sorts within. I refer to that ‘uneasiness’ as the burning desire to create something magical while fighting with the desire to stay inside their shell. Whether it is self doubt, fear of judgement, or an introversion — I view this as an asset in many instances. This dichotomy has produced some gorgeous creations.
Whether it is a fine/contemporary/pop artist that makes you stop and just feel, a designer working on a collection that tells a story through each garment or an actor that invites you to disappear into their character, they all give us the opportunity to leave our chaotic world for a minute and enter a magical one. Personally, I feel most artists tell a poignant story and it can be beneficial to listen. Just like authentic friendships, listening and acceptance makes for better relationships and understanding.
We all judge ourselves in general. It’s simply human nature. Although there are those rare few who don’t (and I envy them). Yet I do feel that artists and designers can be especially hard on themselves when they push so hard to achieve greatness versus “being in the zone” of one’s craft. There is so much rejection that your mental game needs to be strong and willing to face adversity. Ultimately I see the majority of artistic expression as their release, a hint of who they are, a way to bring joy to others, but most importantly; they are learning to embrace and love themselves. This is how one grows (as a person and an artist) plus the addition of hard work on a daily basis. After interviewing many fashion and jewelry designers, contemporary artists, filmmakers and actors, they seem to share a common thread: they cannot live without their art. It is their work and it sustains them — regardless of type. That is the artistic role, even with the expected frustration. I also find the diversity of artists to be beautiful and something that should be acknowledged and celebrated. What a lovely way to come together.
I know someone who inspires me all the time with his photography. It’s not a big deal to him because it’s his work. To me, his craft has captured 18 years of partnership, three children, and some amazing moments and memories. Not all have been memorable, but somehow looking back I am incredibly grateful that he photographed them. Do his photos make me feel? Absolutely! Each one and the risks he was willing to take.
Finally, evolved artists trust the process, the rejection, and the growth. Yes, that is much easier said than done but staying focused is an art within itself. More than anything else, trust the diversity within art. It’s an education and one you will not receive in school but a great life lesson. It’s a human connection, an overall love and just maybe, a hopeful path to unity.