Being an artist means that we have the power to create something from nothing, so we need to use that gift. Share it, honor it and respect it. Accept the responsibility we have to make art, and how that art impacts others.
It’s really amazing to have an idea and make it visible–make it real. Bringing an internal vision to the surface for all to see. It blows my mind to think about what we do as creators.
Creators take action to create (without action, nothing is made). When we take action, we have the ability to create change. In this way, artist are activists.
I don’t care if you make abstract paintings that seemingly have no message, you’re still making something beautiful that will brighten people’s lives. You’re showing everyone what you want to see, you’re showing us how you find beauty.
My own activism lies in vulnerability. I’m showing that when we come from a place of vulnerability we remain authentic and unique. With my artwork I hope to bring attention to self-acceptance, self-awareness and skin (lol I bet you knew I was going to say that).
And of course I’m bringing awareness to dermatographia itself, but something much deeper than that too: don’t keep what sets you apart to yourself, be proud of it and let it inform your work and how you live your life. I mean seriously, your work and life are so connected you couldn’t separate them if you tried.
My work also stands for having confidence in creativity and self-expression. Facing the fear that arises when we create something from nothing, trusting that we’re doing the right thing. Making art that has an impact is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, especially since it comes from vulnerability.
Activism is most effective when one embodies what they believe in. If you believe that orange and green make the best color combination, then show us how. If you believe that rashes and welts are beautiful, then let’s see what you see.
Above all, live in a creative way and allow yourself to express your innermost visions. I want to see what you come up with!
Please comment below and let us know:
What have you been making lately? Do you see yourself as an activist? If so, how?
Image: Teal, from my Interior Optics series, archival pigment print, 22 x 28 inches, 2015