Blog / 2015 / What Is Your Ultimate Goal with Your Art?

November 6, 2015

Recently, I got into a conversation with an artist friend about what creatives really want for their art. It made me realize that I don’t understand my fellow artists nearly as much as I’d like to, so I asked the question of some of my friends and this is what they said.

Shannon Kringen art
Shannon Kringen’s Sky Mirror

From Shannon Kringen:

i feel when i make art and share it like i am amplifying my own quiet private ideas and concepts and giving them a voice in the world. i feel it’s the artist’s job to notice and create things others don’t see or know can even exist. we as artists share what would otherwise go unseen. for me, the sharing with an audience is just as burning a desire as making the work itself. i also feel this way when i model—a burning desire to connect and see the reflections of how i affect others and how they affect me. i am driven to heal, learn and grow.

Charlotte Hager art
Charlotte Hager’s Parliament Funk-a-Chicken

From Charlotte Hager:

I create art because socially acceptable ways to communicate are insufficient at expressing my thoughts and emotions. Words are not enough; existence outside of my art is suffocating and limiting. But with my brush strokes and color compositions, those are the purest form of personal expression.

Gabe Flores art
Gabe Flores’ We Affirm We Have the Power.

From Gabe Flores:

I know I’ll need a story in my near future about the time I took a bunch of chances, and hopefully it will convince me to take more. Art is a way of asking myself to be more reflexive and I hope when I get to tell the story of the time I was an artist I’m satisfied with the questions I asked.

Cathie Joy Young
Cathie Joy Young’s Ophelia Floats

From Cathie Joy Young:

I make art because it is what I do well. My work is the purest part of me where I am allowed complete solitude, and a place to put my soul. Until my work disintegrates it is evidence that I was here.

a sweet woman with blue eyes and gray hair, painted portrait
Gwenn Seemel
Blue Eyes
2015
acrylic on panel
6 x 6 inches

From me:

We all use paradigms in our day-to-day as a way of simplifying the world and making things more do-able, but those same paradigms can become a kind of prison, narrowing down the possibilities until we can hardly manage to dream. With my art, I want to help myself and others to recognize the paradigms we live with. Whether or not the work changes me or my audience, I want it to at least provide a peek into a new or different way of seeing things.

What is your ultimate goal for your art?

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