If you want to be understood, don’t be an artist.
Itis ironic that art connects people yet separates them because of their ownperspective. A poet may write about a tragedy that people may think about as agreat love story. As an artist, what is one thing for you is going to bedifferent for an audience.
Yes, art is a language but it is alanguage where people have different understandings in which no one is wrong.People will have different definitions of what an art piece is about. An artistcan be given a hundred opinions and accept all of them.
This is because art is not only alanguage but a conversation everyone is invited to be a part of. This is whygreat artists have no country. Let’s take a very famous painting as an example.The Mona Lisa is described to be the most visited, most written about, and mostsung about painting. To think that this was a painting from the 15thcentury tells us that artists not only surpass boundaries but time as wellwhich is why I consider great art pieces to be time machines. Artists of thepast are able to talk to us and make us talk to each other through their ownwork.
Money keeps the world go around butartists keep us alive. Without our artists, the world would be full ofmachines, living paycheck to paycheck. Make art not just to make a living. Makeart to live a life. Life isn’t life without art and art isn’t art withoutheart.
Artists Artists connect us beyond borders oroceans. I could only give two small advices to artists out there whether theyare only starting or already successful. One, do not tolerate those who copyyour work. They will never be able to copy your passion. Two, critics arehelpful but you do not need a critic to know what your art is. Follow yourselfon how you want your art to be.
Instead, let people be inspired by your workthan let them copy and accept criticism as a guideline, not a mold. The next time someone asks you toexplain your art, ask them to explain it themselves. As Ceasar Cruz said, “Artshould comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable.” Keep conversationsgoing. Whether people argue about what your art piece is or what it isn’t, youhave kept them talking enough to connect them.
This is why art surpassesdifferences, dialects, cultures, or time.