today i was going through my daily internet routine (gmail- check, facebook- check, twitter- check, etcetera . . .) and happened upon a recent and relevant blog post on handmade in pa.
diane podolsky writes about what exactly it means to “make it” as an artist. it seems throughout my years of art school education, perhaps i should have learned some sort of mathematical formula akin to: (a)talent + (b)networking = (b)success + (a)shows in new york city. for a long time, i struggled with iterations of this formula. for example: 90% of my former m.f.a. cohorts make extremely cerebral/conceptual work- does that mean i need to be doing the same thing in order to amount to any type of success? so i attempted that route . . . and failed. i can’t just “copy” some idea that i don’t truly feel anything for- it just comes out forced and fake to yourself and your audience. however, through that failure, i learned two important things:
1- it’s questions and reinventions like this that make you a stronger artist. my biggest flops have made me question what i’m doing and have certainly informed my current work in positive ways.
2- artistic success is a personal set of goals- everyone takes a different route to achieve totally different things. this part is something i still grapple with, but i feel like that’s the nature of being an emerging artist. if goals and ideas weren’t constantly in flux, it wouldn’t be such a fun and exciting career choice! but for real- just because everybody else is all about getting to chelsea doesn’t mean i have to be in order to be “successful.”
this particular quote from podolsky’s entry really drives home what i’m talking about:
” . . . artists are notoriously susceptible to bad advice: you MUST be in a gallery, you MUST be on Facebook, you MUST enter this show. Well, the fact of the matter is that you only MUST do any of those things if they fit into your grand plan of what you want from your art and as an artist . . . So the only thing you MUST do, is what is right for you.”
to see the rest of her post, click HERE.