An Artists Relationship With Their Art

Defining the Relationship: An Artist’s Relationship With Their Art – #5

The last 4 weeks, I’ve been talking with other artists about various aspects of our relationship with our art. We’ve talked about what its like to live through our art, having an emotional attachment to our art, handling rejection from others, and separating how someone feels about our creations vs how they feel about us.

Digging into all these aspects has been very enlightening for me, for some reason I’ve thought that everyone felt the same way about their relationship to their art as I have to mine. I was wrong, and thankfully so, it would be dull indeed if we all thought the same! After all these pieces of the picture, I wanted to get a “big picture” view of how an artist see’s their relationship with their art.

Personally, I view my relationship with my art as a continually shifting experience, sometimes it is very personal and has elements of spirituality, putting my soul out for all to view. Other times I have used art to express my personal emotions and trap the essence of my being in that moment in time. Art brings balance to my spirit when I am depressed or manic, and when I am emotionally balanced it brings the pure joy of expression and love. Art is a pure expression of my soul in a moment of time.

I would love to hear your answer to the question “How do you view or describe your relationship to your art?” Post your answer in the comments below.

How do you view or describe your relationship to your art?

Vas Littlecrow: My relationship with my art is strong, yet healthy and balanced.  Although art is my life, I try to incorporate it into other aspects so I can enjoy a fuller experience. –


Delisa Carnegie: For some reason Functioning Alcoholic keeps popping into my brain, but that isn’t really true. Sometimes I get upset about how bad something turned out or feeling abandon by inspiration (even though it never leaves, I just stop noticing it). At the same time it is always there, patiently waiting for me to get over myself and get back to work. –


Charlene Slimp: My art is me. It’s little pieces of me here and there and scattered all about. It might sound crazy, but I think they’re the best parts of me. They’re the me that I can look at and be proud of and savor the memories of and they only carry the best things with them. They are me if I didn’t have any flaws. Or maybe if I had the right flaws, in the right proportions. My art is the one thing about me that I can look at and I really love. And that includes the art I don’t do anymore, such as poetry and sketching. They were the best parts of me, too. –


Kesha Bruce: I made a decision to become an artist when I was 15 years old.  I decided.  I wasn’t particularly talented or creative, but I decided to make a commitment to becoming skilled and more creative. It was a conscious choice that I still take very seriously.  I chose art because it represented freedom and possibility. I still feel that way. –


Abigail Markov: If you mean the paintings, then I love a few, and view the rest as a learning opportunity. If you mean the act and process of creating my paintings, it is part therapy, part reason to get out of bed in the morning, part challenge from hell and part sanctuary from the difficulties of the rest of life. The work itself means only as much as I learn from it, because I recognize that the art I create now will be nothing compared to what I can do in 5 or 10 years from now, as long as I allow myself to continue to create without requiring it to BE anything, allow myself to create without judgement, and then honestly, critically, constructively go back and evaluate what I did, what I didn’t… and figure out why.

In my mind, each work is simply a stepping stone to the next, and each and every one is a learning experience. Individually, they are each a brief moment of experience on canvas, in paint, and there will be, as long as I live, another one to experience ahead of me. Learn and move on. My work, my process, my approach reflects this, I’m finding. It is now, now, now, fast, fast, and then move on. It is changing and transient, sometimes trying something new, sometimes building on something older. –


Tori Deaux: My art is a way of making the intangible tangible — it’s a form of expression, that’s meant to evoke a reaction in the viewer.  I’ve sometimes described it as my own introverted form of exhibitionism, a way of putting my most innermost, shocking self on display.   At the same time, there’s somehow more distance between me and my art than there would be if I were a dancer or musician.  I’m not sure how to explain that, but it’s true. –

I would love to hear your answer to the question “How do you view or describe your relationship to your art?” Post your answer in the comments below.

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