Luiz Rosa Nanini
10 September 2016
Subject: Starving Artist
Lent, Shawn, Louise Geraghty, Michael Feldman, Talia Gibas, and Ian David Moss. "Who Can Afford to Be A _____Starving Artist? Createquity." Createquity. N.p., 14 June 2016. Web. 12 Sept. 2016.
Research Assessment #2
This week I decided to follow one of the extremes in my choices for topics. (Traditional Art, Concept Art, and Graphic Design) I went with traditional art. It took no time for me to find an interesting article, which asked the question I have always had in my mind, why does the “starving artist” exists.
I began reading and was surprised to see the authors wanted to spark thought more than anything else. They were not planning on convincing the readers of anything, but wanted to get readers to think about the topic. They began by stating that the world does not need artist, but artist need the world- Well, artist need workers in other professions, but those workers do not need artists. In a way it makes sense, the world needs construction workers, farmers, government officials, but it does not really need any artists. They do not provide any tangible benefit to the world, yet I believe it is just as important as any profession to our society. Like the internet, art benefits our society. It provokes thought, reflects culture, and are a mode of expression much needed in our world. The authors seem to agree with me.
They next mention what artists really benefit society, they say it is those who benefit others by attracting audiences and winning the experts’ praise, or if they add to society. In that sense I think they are ruling out those that only create art for the art market. Which makes sense- to thrive in any job a person must work because they are passionate about what they do, not for the money.
Their third main point is that artist tend to be those in the higher social status are more likely to become artists. This surprised me. I have an advantage over someone with less money because I can formulate a backup plan and I have more resources to create art with. I am glad to learn this because it helps to know that I am not alone in my hesitancy to take on the job. ISM thankfully will help me decide.
Another mention the authors made was that artists tend to have other jobs and degrees incase their original plan does not pan out as they hoped. Mainly because in art, the discrepancy between those payed the most and the least is overwhelmingly large. This is interesting because most artists do not have degrees, but those that do are more economically stable. This encourages my plan to get a fine arts degree, but also frightens me to know I could fail terribly in attempting to follow my passion.
Overall, seeing that my fears are not paranoia, but a real problem, is quite reassuring. I still hope to find answers in how the successful artists achieve their success, but for now I am very anxious to learn if my passion is going to be a hinderance or a strength.