Artmaking In The Digital World
I returned to this old digital home of mine because of artist, Summer Walker and her recent assertion of her boundaries as an artist. Recently, she declined to hug people at her artist meet and greet. This caused something of a backlash you can read about here. She gave me some clarity about the importance of blogging to my arts practice.
Artmaking, in general, demands a certain level of intimacy. In writing workshops, it’s not uncommon to hear phrases like, then, I opened my veins and bled onto the page. Successful artists engage their audiences by:
- providing access to their deepest selves or
- bearing empathetic witness to the most vulnerable times in the lives of others or
- channelling those voices the muse offers to them in the deep night.
Me: I’m an artist.
Folks: What is your discipline?
Me: I show up. I do what the Spirit say do.
Me: Well, I this and I that and I this other thing over here.
Me: I live artfully and then I share my discoveries with the world.
It’s hard to say that in a bio. It’s hard to describe. What I have come to discover in 30 years of artmaking is that my artform is simply doing me. That’s my art. Doing me takes the form of poems, paintings, videos, designing fabrics and throw pillows, short essays, recipes, ruminations on spirituality, politics and parenting, sharing personal anecdotes.
For me artmaking is my journey through what it means to show up for life. I live my life as artfully as I can possibly imagine and then communicate that to my audience. Sometimes, it is meaningful to people. Sometimes, it is simply meaningful to me. Not every painting gets shown. Not every poem gets published. Not every film gets made. What is important about art is the artist’s willingness to document showing up and being present with life.