Are Writers Artists?
I come from a family of artists. My brother works in glass. My nephew creates in multiple medias. My grandson is a set designer. I write. Am I an artist?
- If art is defined as paintings and textiles and photographs ‒ No.
- If artists need a studio in which to create their work ‒ No.
- If painting word pictures is not art ‒ No.
but . .
- If writing is passionate and creative ‒ Yes.
- If writing uses words as its medium ‒ Yes.
- If writing means to inform ‒ Yes.
If art is poetic ‒ then poetry is art.
Artists are full of angst. Writers are grumpy.
Artists wear black. Writers wear pajamas.
Artists think they are cool. Writers want everyone to think they are cool.
Artists often draw naked people. Writers often think about naked people.
Artists drink wine and eat cheese. Writers drink coffee and cut the cheese.
Artist often must die before their work is appreciated. Writers would die to have their work appreciated.
Artists want to express themselves. Writers want to get rich so they don’t have to get a real job.
Language is among the first ways we learn to communicate. It stimulates our brains, helps us learn about the world in which we live, gives meaning to our lives, makes us laugh or cry. The art of writing gives us a way to express our language, to explore our deepest feelings, share knowledge, thoughts, and feelings with the world. It requires craft and skills. Imagine a world without the magic of the written word.
Substitute ‘writing’ for art in these quotes.
Henry Moore: Art is the expression of imagination not the duplication of reality.
Oscar Wilde: Art is the most intense mode of of individualism the world has ever known.
Francis Ford Coppola: An essential element of any art is risk.
Leo Tolstoy: . . . by words a man transmits his thoughts to another, by means of art he transmits his feelings . . .
Aristophanes: Let each man exercise the art he knows.
Thomas Merton: Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Charles Eames: Art resides in the quality of the doing; process is not magic.
Art can be beautiful. Art can be frightening. Art can be provocative. Art can tell a story. Art can change our lives. Art can make us think. Art can make us feel.
Are writers artists?