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Artists/Craftspeople: You don’t have to prostitute yourself to sell your work Part I

January 22, 2011

 

If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you’ll know that I am an artist who has been trying to find or create alternatives to the way art is presently viewed (thought of) in our society.

My main bone of contention is that when it comes to art, money is not and cannot be the bottom line. But if we are to survive from our art, then what alternatives do we have besides playing the game according to the prevailing commercial rules? Every artist of integrity wrestles with this dilemma.

If you are an artist and feel resistance to the urgings from your environment and the society in general to market yourself and your art as just another product; to work the social sites to gain customers, and to constantly be on the lookout for new ways to attract buyers, then you are not alone. You are also not crazy!

You are doing what artists are meant to do- questioning the current status quo and going against the current mainstream to create a life that feels meaningful to you based on your own internal values.

There are some of us who are lucky enough to survive financially this way. In Holland, however, only 1% of all artists can survive solely from their work.  I think that most of us need to supplement our income by part-time work in another field, or one close to our creative skill area if we can find it.

 However I also feel there are ways to sell our work that not only don’t compromise our integrity but help to build a new, more community based art, see next post.

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