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Re: "what's it fer?"



GO,  GIRL!

Barbara Harman wrote:

> In a message dated 09/28/99 7:05:25 PM, malcolm@UPTONS.NET writes:
>
> << Some have talked about how their art is valuable even if no
> one understands it.  Sorry, value is in the eye of the consumer.  If your
> audience doesn't understand it, if they don't know what to do with it, if
> they don't think it is valuable, it is worth less than the materials it is
> made from.  >>
>
> The issue of sale to a consumer is quite separate from the motivation to
> create. The fact that someone on this list can make the above statement in
> utter confidence (arrogance?) that he/she is right only illustrates the
> success of a market "culture" in which art is no longer taught in the
> schools, even highly educated people can remain abyssmally ignorant about the
> "purpose" of art, and artists are beset with doubts about the value of their
> calling. While I enjoy it when my work sells (and I certainly can use the
> money when it does), the desire to make work that WILL sell is insufficient
> motivation for making it. In fact, during periods of my creative life when
> that was my primary focus, the ability to go on creating nearly died. While I
> can't speak for what motivates others, I have found that an enjoyment in the
> process itself, without worrying about the end product or its possible
> "value" or usefulness, is what fires my imagination and makes me want to make
> more. Art is the only thing I have ever done (and I use the term to include
> all forms of art) that truly nourishes me, enlarging my life and my soul. Art
> is the only thing I give my energy to that, reliably, always gives back more
> than I have given it. This is not, nor will it ever be, an act of mere
> commerce. Barbara Harman
>
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