If You Draw Something and No One Sees It, Is It Still Art?
Do I really have to show stuff to people? If I work for hours on a drawing and then put it away and never show it to anyone, were those hours wasted? If I have to rummage through my storage room to find my accomplishments, does that mean I really haven’t accomplished anything?
I had some stuff in a gallery not too long ago. A real gallery in a tourist-y little town. I had to pay rent to keep my stuff there, and I sold a couple of things, but I didn’t make nearly enough money to keep up the rent payments, not to mention covering the framing costs. So I took my stuff back and now it’s in my storage room, quietly gathering dust, and I’m wondering why I ever bothered showing it in the first place.
I always did art because I liked doing art. It was a challenge for myself, to see if I could come close to reproducing the Great Idea in my head. Most times I failed and put it away so I could try something else. I mean, it was my idea, after all, and who else would know anything about it?
But I guess there’s the point that art is communication, which would mean that there should be another side to the conversation, where someone else looks at what I did and tries to figure out where I was going.
So, I don’t know. Maybe challenging myself to put my Great Idea on paper isn’t enough. Maybe I should be challenging myself to show someone else what my Great Idea really was.