making a living
I realized I believe I should “make a living” - that is to say I should be paid for my artwork.
But, as an artist, I already, in a tangible sense, am making my living – this, art, is a tangible representation of my lived experience and also a critique of it
It embodies a moment that motivated me somehow
To create, to express and have reason to express (expression without reason to express is not art to me)
To produce and have my interpretation and self-critique of that product
Something, which always looks inward by being placed outward
Without purpose or form it still remains as art
So why do I have to commodify it?
Should this not be a creation void of validation (monetary validation) when the work was done to make sure it validated itself by being made tangible in the first place? That the work was produced is not enough to prove I had a reason (a life) with which to produce it, and also satisfies the reality that I indeed am alive with reason/s?