Eternal Poet

Being Understood as an “artist”

In artists, inspirational on May 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Make yourself understood. You must explain your message if you want your message to reach the everyman.  It’s okay if you have to explain your art to others. You shouldn’t be offended to the point when you just walk out of the room because someone questions your work of art.

Jesus, although frustrated with those who didn’t understand a parable, still took the moment to explain it. Nowadays, you hear about several artists who don’t want to explain their work. Many artists have their post-modern artistic reason to oppose explaining themselves to the so called public. Post Modern artists say, “my work should speak for itself.” Andy Warhol even said something similar about himself, “If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.”

True, art speaks on behalf of its artist. As Heidegger says, “The artist is the origin of the work. The work is the origin of the artist. Neither is without the other” (Poetry, Language, Thought, p17). But to fully get the motive or “point” of your work an intimate understanding must be explained directly from you.

British rock band Radiohead explained in an interview with National Public Radio the process in making their album King of Limbs. Although, a short interview, it gave me much more appreciation for the album and for their approach to the creative process of songwriting. Whenever you hear a commentary on a dvd/blue ray, do you tend to have a better understanding of the film? Insight into art, creates a better appreciation for the artist.


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