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.