What is the meaning of doing art for you?
Katherine, thanks for asking me to participate in your project,which I think is an amazing idea!
To answer the question you’re posing, I feel that I have absolutely no control over making my art. It is a complete necessity to my psyche. To make art is the same as
deciding to breathe, eat, or walk. If I were not able to do it, or if the ability to do it was taken away from me because of physical impairments, it would be as if you’d
cut off my arms or legs. I’d be a useless engine. People might come visit me, but life wouldn’t be meaningful anymore.
I am part of my art. You could say I’m a slave to it, but I don’t see it that way. I believe it’s a blessing that’s been given to me. My attitude is that it’s part of the higher goals I try to manifest in my life: peace, tolerance, understanding, hope, and love. I channel those things through my perception of art and the message it brings to me and others, to either be loved, scorned, or disregarded.
I am blessed every day to get up and create art. Nobody has to wake me up to tell me to go to my studio. People ask what I do for my vacation, and I say, “I’m always on vacation, because I’m making art. It means everything to me. It makes my life a great journey and pilgrimage.
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to your blog. I’d also like to invite you and your readers to look at my blog, www.mattlamb.org/blog.Up, up, and away,