I had a very kind comment on my blog a few days ago. Basically, the commenter said that she usually didn’t like artists who ‘self-promote’ using a community Facebook page, but she enjoyed seeing my post and was glad I shared.
I’ve been thinking about it a lot this last few days.
Because I think, as artists, we are terrified of being accused of self-promoting. After all, great art should be discovered, preferably years after the artists have died, and the rest of us should be content to labour in solitude.
But here’s the thing …. no artists chooses art because it’s financially lucrative. We KNOW that’s not the case!
No, we choose to make art because we want to communicate with others; hopefully touch one or two people; hopefully make a connection.
And how can we do that if we don’t share our work?
Once shared, it’s optional. People who don’t like it can skip right past. Others can stay and engage. But I believe that artists have an obligation to share our truth and to get it out to as many people as possible.
On that note, today’s self-portrait is my first collaged piece, which is funny because most of my ‘real’ artwork is collaged. There’s something about collage that just appeals to me on a visceral level – both the process and the result. I enjoyed making this picture more than any other so far and I see great possibilities for this approach going forward. More to come I’m sure!