Do you remember the story of Chicken Little? He ran around screaming “The sky is falling, the sky is falling!!” I’m not saying that you’re an alarmist, but as artists we have some qualities that mimic Chicken Little. Are you wondering what they are?
The truth is artists are messengers. Fortunately, we’re not here to warn the world of impending doom, but we are here as social observers. We are nouvelle anthropologists and sociologists. We provide a reality check for society in a creative manner.
What is true, but often isn’t discussed is our role as healers. Artists are modern day shamans. We dig deep into the personal and society unconscious and bring it forth for the world to see. We allow healing to commence once we’re able to identify the ills of the world.
There is much to be said about the state of the world and how that impacts our personal lives. As artists we take those cues and allow them to be the backdrop for our creative activity. We give a voice to the voiceless. We make seen that which is invisible. We embrace those who are lonely by providing a sense of connection between the art and the viewer.
What message are you bringing forth? How are you delivering your message? How are you promoting ultimate self-expression? What do you hope to accomplish by serving as a societal messenger? These are important things to consider being a messenger holds enormous responsibility. It requires a commitment to expressing truth and authenticity. This is the most healing element of creating art.
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