… for the encouragement and validation. In our society, the concept of ‘work’ usually means something meaningful, useful and valuable; an occupation that in some way ‘helps’ others and carries some sort of monetary reward in exchange. Art is notably not ‘useful’ in the usual sense of the word, but it can be very powerful nevertheless. Some hospitals have art in the corridors to help patients recover better. As several of you pointed out, our culture values all the ‘wrong’ occupations, and measures success by how much money you have. The arts were one of the first collective victims of the government cuts here in the UK – because art ‘doesn’t matter’ in the public consciousness.
“As best as I can recollect, the most lasting things from any previous civilization/culture are its arts. Ever wonder why? Maybe they are an essential part of what it means to be human, to really be alive. Creating something beautiful with our own hands is as close as man will ever come to being divine.”
It’s true. Humans have been creating art since we could stand on two legs – and possibly even before that. So despite all the daily wobbles about whether I’m ‘good enough’ I intend to continue, for a time.