Sunday, April 03, 2005

Artistic Obsessions

I read once that each artist has obsessions that she tries to convey in her artwork. (I also call these key artistic themes.) Only when these obsessions are expressed and understood does the artwork appear meaningful. Regardless of how skillful and beautiful a work of art may be to others, I believe that unless one of these key artistic themes is expressed in one's art, that the art lacks satisfaction and purpose to the artist. Intuitively, the artist understands the obsession and conveys deeper meaning to a work of art than is known consciously. This brings an internal logic to the art that acts as a mirror to reflect a world greater than itself.

What are your key artistic themes or obsessions?

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