Luiz Rosa Nanini
16 September 2016
Subject: Support for Artists
Lent, Shawn, Michael Feldman, Talia Gibas, and Louise Geraghty. "The State: A Friend Indeed to Artist in _______Need?” Createquity. Createquity, 8 July 2016. Web. 16 Sept. 2016
Research Assessment # 3
While looking on the website I used for my last research, I came across an article that piqued my interest. It was mainly focused on different countries’ ways of dealing with traditional artists. Based on the belief that as the world becomes increasingly globalised, it is important to learn about the job’s status in the rest of the world. The article itself talked about the difference between more socialist countries’ sponsorship of art, and America’s more indirect support of artist. It mainly wanted to show the positives and negatives to both sides.
I mainly want to focus on what they said differentiated America’s art field from the rest of the world. Which is, that the art field is not supported by the government, unlike some other countries, but, like any other field, are left to balance the consumers’ demands. Annoyingly, the information is not new to me, the last article I researched spoke of the dangers of the art world. It already had led me to establish the idea of a backup plan. It did, though, give it a more solid reasoning: as the job has a large disparity between high and low wages, and only a minority reaches the high end, it makes sense to have another job or find a more secure job in art like concept art or animation. Although, preferably, I would like to use this information during interviews. Professional’s opinions of the subject would bring a more grounded approach than what the article provided.
The article is not like most articles I have researched Createquity, the group responsible for the article, seems to focus much less on the numbers, but on what the information means to them and the art field. Which is interesting, the more thought provoking article makes it easier to formulate my own opinion on the subject and reveals some of the art field’s atmosphere.
The article helped me visualise a broad view of the challenges and advantages artists in America face. It motivated me to look more into articles about how different artists survive in the field, but it failed to provide enough new information. It did state other countries’s relationships with artists, which was new, but it did not provide new information about the United States’s relationships with artists. This, ironically encouraged me to add a new interview question: “I was reading an article that made a point about America not providing as much support to artist, do you believe this is true, why?”
I think I am going to move on from traditional art-related articles. Although I am still overflowing with questions, I believe some can be answered during my interviews. I definitely will go back to traditional art and concept art in the future, but for now I plan to move on to graphic design because I still have not researched the topic. I am curious to see how these articles will impact my interviews and how future articles will impact future interviews.