I am always questioning how connected am I with my purpose to make a difference in the world through my art and my desire to make money is. How concerned am I with making sure the right questions are in bold letters across the human sky?
It is a constant questioning, a constant struggle, a daily need to remind myself to constantly examine.
I come from a generation that believed that if you weren’t aligned with the “truth” connected with your art you were selling out. In the ensuing years the lines have blurred quite a bit.
Artists feel it’s okay to do crappy work just to get the money they need to do the important work. I wonder. My younger colleagues remind me that if they do everything that comes their way they will gain exposure, valuable experience and eventually power over their creative life in the business world, which will allow them to express their true art. I wonder.
So little I find, is done that deals with truth and the result is that we end up in the mess we have created through allowing, encouraging, supporting and covering lies.
I remember this one saying that really got to me and I try to connect to it every day (not successfully always but with the intention to move in that direction)
From Chinua Achebe
“The poet (artist) who is not in trouble with the King
is in trouble with his work.”
What advice do any of you give to young artists in this regard?