A work of art is your work, my work, our work; what “art” means is what we do — literally, it just means “to fit together.” If we don’t fit, somewhere, somehow, we can’t live — right? Do you want to serve beauty, but none of the labels fit you or your work? Here are stories about earning money, building community, teaching and learning; about living by art, for beauty; also practical insights into design, measure, proportion, materials, and more. The paper edition is currently out of print, but it is available as a free download, here, or online at theworkofart.org.
Cathy Wilson –
Kiko! I love this about making art….your words speak to me. Thank you.
Kiko – Thank you for expressing so eloquently the mess in my heart. …All those times I’ve heard, you can’t make a living doing art. Well you know what, you can’t make a living denying your soul. If you’re passion is beauty and art – do it anyway, at least you’ll feel whole and connected. And I know many artist now who make enough or more than enough money to be happy. Keep doing what you’re doing.
…I think people are meant to transform and broaden their definition of artist, as you have done, and put all that raw ability to good use. So thanks Kiko, and thanks for providing the feedback forum so that we can share what your writing has triggered in us!
…you are agreeing with the definition of artist that I heard somewhere once, that an artist is also one who lives artistically (or beautifully), as well as one who creates art for a livihood…. I prefer broadening the definition, which seems like where you’re going with this.
Thanks Kiko. Beautiful essay! My practice is of spirit, art and science of earthcare and regeneration practiced at Home. Home is everywhere. Welcome Home!
Thanks for writing this out! This really resonates with me. I’ve been fighting all my life to avoid labels and try to define myself by my actions. I like the concept of explaining my identity without using the phrase “I am”.