Monday, June 28, 2010

Commitment to Art or Ready for the Looney Bin?

Whenever I'm asked to write on a theme - as I was for this month's Art Bead Scene Blog Carnival - I always like to look up that word and be sure I understand the theme and how that applies to the topic at hand. For the Blog Carnival, the topic is always the use of artisan made beads and the theme is commitment.

While pondering this word, I thought it would be the commitment that is dedication to one's art that I would write about, but that's not the true meaning of the word. A commitment is a pledge to do something in the future; a financial, physical or emotional obligation. That doesn't really seem fitting, does it?


But the first meaning of the word is even more interesting: The act of committing, as to a mental institution! Somehow, this definition seems far more fitting to my relationship with art glass beads!

How better to describe something that you are driven to do despite lack of sales or even positive feedback ? Isn't it somewhat crazy to keep doing something that costs so much time in research, education and promotion? Isn't it insane to keep throwing good money after bad all in name of your art?

So WHY keep doing it??? For me, it's the time at the torch that all the voices in my head just shut up and go... who cares where! (What's that? YOU don't have voices in your head??? You're probably NOT an artist. Every artist I know does. They are loud and critical!)

It's that moment when I accomplish something I was unable to before - a really cool bit of stringer design; a better understanding of some glass; an amazing sculpture. It's the knowledge that I am better for the practice.

So if you see the men in white jackets looking for me, tell them they can find me at the torch!

7 comments:

JanelDudleyBeads said...

I love those beads Holly! The colors you used on the eye bead are outstanding! Great commitment post!

rottrover said...

I LOVE that eye bead! Amazing. Beautiful.

Jeannie said...

It's not so bad here at the "looney bin." Three sqaures a day....Seriously I can totally relate to; "How better to describe something that you are driven to do despite lack of sales or even positive feedback ? Isn't it somewhat crazy to keep doing something that costs so much time in research, education and promotion? Isn't it insane to keep throwing good money after bad all in name of your art?"

It's the definition of insanity really. Doing something over and over again and expected different outcome.

But like you said, "Who Cares."
Just do what you love.

Nicki said...

Hi, I like your post - for some reason could not find it when cliquing on the link in our ABS folder. Not sure if this is my problem only, but wanted to let you know.

Michelle Mach said...

Oh, so true! I love that you focused on the "other" meaning of committed--it definitely fits most creative people I know.

Islandgirl said...

How true! Love the murrini you used in the eye bead!

Heather said...

I have been on vacation and just got to read your article. I can relate so well to your plight!! I am driven, sometimes can't sleep I am so inspired and after 2 years on etsy I have only 9 sales. Still I am not discouraged, like you my creative time is the only time I find peace and really live in the exact moment. It is my passion and what keeps me sane.