Today my right to call myself an artist was called into question by someone and it has wound me up completely. It was during a conversation about the festival I am attending where I was told that they do not want to let standards drop by ‘letting in’ people who are not professional artists (while she gestured at my artwork) nor do they want to turn it into a ‘craft fair’. The last comment was not aimed at me but at a venue near to me where professional artisans and craftspeople are showing traditional and modern crafts.
The same lady went on to say that ‘these people’ would attract the wrong kind of visitors as they do not want ‘day trippers’. What is a ‘day tripper’ It is someone who visits a place and then goes the same day…..how does that make someone undesirable.
Not only do I feel insulted as an artist but also as a buyer….I often go on a ‘day trip’ to visit an art fair or a gallery and buy or appreciate art.
This is a rant!!
Art is for everyone.
Art is for sharing.
I still found it difficult to say ‘I am an artist’ as I felt that I had not really earned that right yet….but this woman (no longer a lady in my head) has made me say why not??
I think I have done enough to say I am an artist.
I am a natural artist, I have no training to speak of but my drawings and paintings bring people pleasure, they evoke emotion….that is what art is!
My artwork is created with passion and enthusiasm, people have seen that – commented on it, payed for it and they trust me to do commissioned works for them.
My art has been seen and shipped all over the world.
What else do I need to call myself an artist?!?
So…….I am an artist and I am proud to call myself an artist, I do not need a professional qualification to tell me I am.
I belong to a group of artists who love to share their work with art-lovers whoever they are. I am an artist because I love to create art but also because I love to see people’s reactions to my artwork…….whoever you are.
That is my opinion on the matter but I would love to hear yours.
Do I (and others like me) have the right to call ourselves artists?