Cathy Breslaw's Installation

Cathy Breslaw's Installation
Cathy Breslaw's Installation:Dreamscape

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Being An Artist One Day At A Time

Sometimes being an artist is overwhelming, frustrating and lonely.  If I think about my art practice as an entire career, beginning to end, I am stifled by fears like “What if I don’t make good art?” “What if others don’t like what I DO make?”  “What if I am remembered for not making good art” or more sadly, “What if my work is not remembered at all?”

These questions and many more lead me to a dead end –  better questions are “What do I want to say through my art?" “What is important enough to me to create?" And, “What can I create here – and today, that satisfactorily answers these questions?" Of course the process is more complex and the journey more unsettling than these questions indicate.

Living in the moment and making art of the moment I am in – seems to be the path for me to take. I am not in charge of how people react to or judge what I create. I can only authentically create what I am capable of – here and now, and let others respond. For me, the joy is in the creation.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Cathy,

    Thanks for your's a balm to my artist's soul. Being an artist is not an easy path and I believe it chooses us not the other way around. I completely agree with you that the greatest satisfaction is to create art from the moment where you live and put aside all of the other concerns. In my experience that satisfaction outstrips everything I experience in the careers I have pursued and makes all of the difficulties worthwhile. - Jill Joy