Art in American culture tends to be under appreciated. Artists too.
When you're someone who has dedicated your life to art, it's hard to feel validated when society doesn't seem to place intrinsic value on your work. Reminders about the importance of what we, as artists do are important, as are reminders to the general public of the importance of the art that they consume.
For faltering days, here's a handy list of reasons why art:
1. If it's in you to do, then you should find a way to do it, then do it.
2. Your perspective, your vision, your idea, your voice, is valid.
3. No one's going to do it for you, but someone might beat you to it, so get on it.
4. Art exalts the ordinary.
5. At its best, art resists the status quo, and compels us toward progress. In this way, art can be dangerous.
6. Even if there are no new stories, the world deserves your version.
7. Because art and artists are important parts of the economy.
8. Art gives expression to the vast and often ineffable experience of existence.
9. If it speaks to one person (including the artist), it was worth it.
10. Art let's us know that, whatever our experience in the world, we're not alone.
Original illustration, a self portrtait by Isabella Rotman