The idea of art being a vessel of self-expression in itself is freeing. However, most artists can admit that it is difficult not to put limitations or restrictions on your art. Mass media, current trends and pop culture has the innate ability to distort our perception of what is acceptable art. There are artists, like myself, who makes the conscious effort to be true to their art knowing that this liberation can and most likely will be overlooked and ignored.
Where do we go from here?
In order for our culture to sustain itself and progress through time, we have to embrace all types of art, including the radical eclectics and the commercially normal. Both means add too the culture even though we may not recognize its benefits in the present. Most of our artistic heroes did not make an impact until after their death. This is when the masses began to understand the true meaning behind their art. As artists, we cannot be deterred from expressing ourselves using our God-given tools to do so. We cannot allow ourselves to be boxed-in and succumb to the pressures of being ordinary or predictable. We have to push the envelope, see past the trends, escape the wilderness of familiarity and be agents of the unexpected. This culture, our culture, depends on the voices of all types of artists to establish and uphold the definition of being a creator.
Written exploration of ALL THINGS CREATIVE curated by Najah Lee -- writer, emcee, photographer, critical thinker and brand consultant.