I believe the Artist's calling is to invite the beholder into a new space where there is beauty, truth, and goodness.
At times the invitation provokes, subverts, cajoles, appeals, confronts, embraces, condemns, inverts, celebrates, or highlights a subject to invite the beholder into active participation in that space.
There the Artist trusts the Beholder to see, reflect, and make meaning.
Without this collaboration what has happened is merely instruction and not art.
When we are making, we are imitating and embodying the Creator.
Wisdom personified in Proverbs 8 describes herself as beside God in the act of creation. She is called a craftsman with a word in Hebrew that can be used to describe a person who has gained mastery in their medium OR a child at play.
Creation or making is at once both playful and precise.
I identify with the weird ones.
I am drawn to artists in all mediums, to teens and geeks, those with high anxiety and difficulty reading social cues, the outsider, the marginalized, and anyone who has seen themselves as "other."
These people are my people and I love them.
This is likely why my full time job is a high school Language Arts, Theater Arts, and Journalism teacher at a public high school in California.