Whattt upppp…? or rather, dear diary?
Its been a couple weeks. I was meaning to post once a week but that was a ridiculous thing to say. There is no way that was sustainable. AAnnyyway, I’ll post whenever I have something to say. Lets keep this light and breezy.
Soo.. now what.. *taps fingers on table*, what did you want to talk about. Talking about art would make sense, right? I’m in this weird head space where I don’t know what to write about because every topic I deem worthy of talking about I begin to wonder if its even of interest to anyone. Aaaahh.. who cares, I think I’m thinking waayyyy to much into this. Okay, I’m rambling again. I think in this post I want to talk about another aspect of being an artist. Be it visual, or auditory; I feel like art can be (and most of the time is) a product rather than an expression. Some people will create work which is heavily influenced by what is deemed to be popular and profitable. I get it, you want to make something that people want to buy, I’m definitely not discouraging people from creating work around what sells but I do feel like that does take something from the artist in terms of their artistic dignity. I think as a result of this there is this weird phenomenon that I’ve noticed - especially in music - where an artist will evolve (as all good artists should) and all the changes the artist make are heavily scrutinised and people will say “I don’t like ‘so and so’ anymore, their old stuff was way better”. And hey, I’m a perpetrator of this as well but I also try to keep in mind, they aren’t making music for me (well at least they shouldn’t be).
Artists create for themselves and sometimes I happen to like their early work but not necessarily their later stuff because they changed in a way that I cant really get down with - but that’s cool - it’s the music they want to create. You’re not going to love everything a person makes, in fact I think that expectation is highly illogical to assume that to be the case. Anyway, I guess my point is, I love to see change in an artist, sometimes it may be for the good but sometimes it might throw them out of favour but I think that’s okay. If they don’t change they can never evolve and no-one is the same person with the same influences they had 10 years ago, or 5 years ago or even a year ago for that matter.
Be kind to the artist. If once upon a time they created something that you really connected with, that’s amazing, remember that. Don’t start hating on them because they happen to evolve, be happy that you had a moment -be it fleeting - where your interests converged, where the work they wanted to make happened to be something that really spoke to you as an individual. As an artist, you should create the work you want you see and as a consumer of art you should remember to think of art as more than just something you can buy but something to be inspired by, something to influence the way you see others and the world and inspire a new way of thinking an connecting with people.
Hey again. yeah, I’m still good. Now I’m going to delve into the erratic, indecisive and compulsive nature that is my art practice and my views on being a creative. I have had many changes in my work through-out the last couple of years. Many things have stayed constant but conversely, many things have changed too. I’ve tried different mediums, styles and approaches but decision making has never really been my strong suit.
One thing that HAS stayed consistent is the sense of strangeness and oddity in everything I create. I feel like this aspect of my work is what I most enjoy about being an artist. Creating work which both makes you smile and question the nature of imagination. Your probably wondering why the title of this post is “BEING AN ARTIST IS HARD” and you know what, thats because it is (for me anyway). And I don’t even mean in terms of selling work, or growing a following or anything like that, I mean in terms of what the hell you do with your creativity. I can only speak for myself but what I find the hardest is answering questions about what to do with myself as a creative individual.
I know I like creating art but what kind of art? Do I paint, draw, sculpt? What kind of paintings, drawings or sculptures? Can I do all of them? Would I be stretching myself too thin? Do i want to be an freelance artist? Animator? Street artist? Character designer ? (I could honest name 10 more viable career options). How do you decide? Which is the most realistic? Should that even matter?.. Anyway i’m dragging on now. my point is, for some people a decisive demeanor might come easily but for me it definitely does not. I am beginning the get an idea, especially in terms of my artwork but even then, its a little bit up in the air. I do envy those to which it comes naturally and those that seem to have it all figured out without a second thought, but I’ll get there eventually. okay, rant over, thats my two cents, I think there is a lot more to be said but ill leave it there. I didn’t really resolve anything as much as i pointed out some of my issues and said ” see how it goes”, but that honestly where i’m at, ill keep you posted.
I wanted to avoid making these posts too long otherwise they will become too dauntingly long that people will just not even bother to read them. I know when I see a huge slab of text I sometimes say to myself, “Too long. I’m not even going to bother starting” though i think i pasted that point about 400 words ago. annnyywwaaaayyyy…
Hey, how are you?… Yeah i’m good thanks. Ive recently been thinking about trying to making some sort of consistent journal type thing and thought maybe a blog might be a good way to do it. So, here’s how its going to go down. Im going to write stuff and you’re going to read it. Well, maybe not but thats not exactly the point anyway. I literally just want a place to write about things i’m working on and things i’m interested in. Maybe it wont be interesting to you, but maybe it will. I’ll let you be the judge. Im going to write it as if its for someone else but maybe no one will read it, maybe they do, either way, imma keep this laid back and easy going and HONEST.
Anyway, maybe ill start by introducing myself, my name is Josh Juett and I am an artist from Adelaide, South Australia. I generally regard myself as a socially awkward, introvert, but lets try to not be too pessimistic and maybe think of me as having occasional spurts of confidents coupled with debilating anxiety. Actually, that isn’t any better, i’m okay, maybe i’m not the best person to describe my personality.
Annnnnyywaaayyy, I like to think of my self as an avid connoisseur of many great animated comedies, some of my favourites include Adventure Time, Regular Show, Amazing World of Gumball, The Simpsons , Futurama, Rick and Morty, We Bare bears… I could go on. As well as animation, I have a immense interest in everything pertaining to science, I love reading about science, listening to podcasts about science, I love going to the museum ( though, who doesn’t?) and yeah, honestly I don’t know how you could not be into science.
I have a lovely partner named Sam, an adorable dog named Reggie and I work at an art supply store with a bunch of really great people.
Anyway, thats pretty much my personal life, I could go into more detail but I wont bore you ( or me). Im going to try to do maybe 1 post a week to start with and see how we go but yeah, next week ill go into detail about my artwork work and me as an artist. Alright, thanks for reading, congratulations for getting through my first blog post of all time, this is truly a momentous occasion. Annnyyywayyy.