When you think about it, it doesn’t take much to be an artist. A personality, a certain skill may it not even be in technical abilities but rather one of communication, communicating artistic aesthetics. For many it becomes both, and I strongly believe that if you don’t have both, your art becomes somewhat of a hobby. But then, what makes the difference between a hobbyist and an artist when both can create the same beautiful pieces, when some artists are inspired and create craft works, trade works. Is a fly making fisherman not an artist for its skill in choosing the right colors, thread and feather parts to build their sculptures? And now comes the historical debates between each discipline, and how one is better or more artistic then the other.
In the past decade interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary artists have become a must, valued individuals. I sincerely believe you do not really have a choice of knowing more than one discipline. Though I feel like this notion comes from my poor Franco-Irish heritage, it still makes sense. Thinking of making thousands of dollars on a piece of art that detaches you from the world for the length of you life in order to study a part of its system through such and such perspective is something that I categorize as selfishness, egocentric. It is something that can motivate you and that you might touch at one point in your life. But should you depend on it?
Knowing more disciplines is a way to vary those perspectives, yes but it also gives you more to play around with ”in the real life”.
I cannot stress enough that being solely an artist will never satisfy me. As it doesn’t give more than a stylish decor in a home or a fake reason to talk about a potential social and political issue. It needs to be part of a solution on these social changes or it needs to distract the artist for ”it” not to become insane.
There is the dilemma of starving for the cause of the aesthetic research and that of working, having a family and creating on the side. As I see it, having many disciplines gives you the opportunity to use those skills to the advantage of jobs in Theatre, Cinema and Television. Some will say it’s selling out, I’ll simply nod and smile. But in the end, that’s how I give back to the community. People enjoy the moving image, and for those, that will smile while reading this, that still have a passion for building a set, working the set. I don’t have to force people to buy my works of art in order to make that past year feed me; I can offer my services as a professional painter, sculptor and organizer and create something original for the cause. This part of my career is what makes me proud, because I relate to the working class for the work that we do in set building and design, in the long hours of work, the grumpy smiles and our sassy tastes for snacks. But I can also satisfy my creative drive in a way I don’t feel selfish because my hours are valued, they are marked and evaluated whereas my work at home becomes more of a hobby I can enjoy and sometimes sell. And that makes for a wonderful combination.
Of course, I’m not yet at the point of choosing the projects I work on and will get projects that relate less to my true passions, or my simple interests, but I can finally say that I am a fulfilled young woman working on the path of her dream career. Not everyone will get a large paycheck and sell theirs souls to drugs, money and so-called social interactions. Some actually buy houses and invest in quality equipment. Now for those of you with socialistic points of view: note everyone that buys a property and invest in their own career and quality products are snobs, bourgeois and vultures. On that note I’ll ask one question:
When has the battle for property become something negative?