Saturday, December 29, 2007

Artsy Fartsy

You know, something that really bugs the crap out of me is people who supposedly make art who cannot take that seriously enough to call it what it is. "I am a beginning altered book "artist" who doesn't dare to..." is what set me off just now. I read it as a comment left not an hour ago by some woman in Minnesota who shares a first name with moi. She left the comment on someone's shutterfly or flickr account about an altered book they did. It just reminded me how annoyed I get when people refer to what they spend a lot of time on as something they have to put within quotation marks out of a sense of humility or something. They cannot dare to call themselves artists. Worse. They cannot call what they do what it is supposed to be: art!

Here's another phrase that really grinds on me: when they refer to the act of creating art as 'arting'! "My husband just laughs at me for all the time I spend arting." Geez, woman! Get a man who takes what you like to do seriously enough to be supportive. Better yet, take it seriously enough yourselft to call it what it is! You create art. 'Arting' is a made up word. It isn't an action verb! If you are too friggin' humble to call it what it is, why can't you refer to it as 'working on my hobby'??? Working in my studio. Drawing. Playing with paint. There are a thousand more dignified ways to refer to what you do with your free time than a stupid-sounding made-up word like 'arting.'

If you cannot call it what it is, then go watch a soap opera and wash the kitchen floor or dust your knick knacks! Gimme a freakin' break!


Blogger Jill said...

AMEN! I agree!
I am going to go make some art, now! Thanks for the sweet comment... you made my day! Pedicures and manicures with Mom... nothin' better!
Love ya!

Saturday, December 29, 2007 5:13:00 PM MST  
Anonymous Loretta said...

I couldn't agree more! You are an artist if you create art! No one is going to vet you or judge you into the artist club - there is no club!

"Arting" is a lot like "gifting" - it's not a verb!


Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2007 8:01:00 AM MST  
Blogger e. beck said...

i am an artist .... i have been seriously pursuing art for about a year and a half ..... i spend a lot of time in my studio.... i have my art in galleries .... sorry to say ... i use art as a verb ... to be flip, or funny, or for lack of just the right word .... i like it ... i don't use it all the time or anything .. but i do like it ... i find it amusing that it freaks you out... oh my! i'll try not to use it around you....

Thursday, January 3, 2008 2:27:00 PM MST  
Blogger Lorri said...

Hello, I don't know the original post that unnerved you so much but here's my take -
I am also an 'artist' - yet don't have any aversions to people calling what I do anything else - It's what I know it really is, in my heart, that counts. I wouldn't be too upset with someone else's wording, remember, it's theirs not yours :) Some (including me) use mixed up words just for the mere fun of it - without taking the 'seriousness' of what I do away.
Artsy Fartsy is just like fancy schmancy - or Wabbit for Rabbit.. teehee - I think it's all good :)
I absolutely loved your mini journal you did too!! Great stuff.
Stay Creative xo

Thursday, June 5, 2008 5:59:00 AM MST  

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