|Posted by Tricia Drover on August 25, 2015 at 1:45 PM|
Art is your expression of the meaning of life. Art is how you express your experience on this earth.
I have been doing a lot of thinking about why my art doesn’t resonate with very many people. Is it because I have no talent? I cannot answer that. The very definition of the word “talent” is subjective. Is talent the natural ability to do something? Is it the ability to do it better than most? Differently than most? Or is it all of those things and yet still something more? I don’t have the answers to any of those questions.
However, talent does not equal appreciation, however you define it. People like what they relate to. They respond to the familiar. If someone creates something that mirrors their own experience, they have a reaction to it. Popular art is art that speaks to the masses.
I am not someone that deals well with the masses. I have never understood what it felt like to be a part of the crowd. I have always been different. A little awkward. A little misunderstood. It makes sense that what I create has these qualities as well. It is understandable that my life experience is not one that is understood by all.
However, I refuse to believe that it isn’t understood by any. Just because I am not typical, that does not mean that I am alone. There are others like me. I know this, because I have responded to their offerings in the past. And some of them have been relative appreciated and accepted by the world at large, because deep down perhaps we are all a little awkward and misunderstood.
I don’t care about being popular. I don’t care about having everyone like me. I would just like for someone to respond to what I have to say. If I could touch just one life it would be enough. If something I wrote made someone else catch their breath and go “yes, yes that is exactly how it is!”; that moment alone would validate all of my efforts.
But why do I need validation? Why isn’t creation an end in itself? Why must someone else relate to the way I see the world for it to have value?
Perhaps it isn’t the validation I crave. It is the connection. Art is also there to make us feel less lonely. It is a way for us to express ourselves so that others can say “yes, yes that is exactly how it is!”
Art is connection, and division, and a million other contradictions.