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#1 posted 07-29-2010 01:00 PM

Yes it’s a good question, and if we had the answer we would be rich!

I belive that a artist are one who invent or do something allready done with a twist that talks to people.
First of all, we can’t invent the chair, it is done, but we can add a twist that make people say wauuu, and this is where the artist comes in, a good artist have the ability to do that.
A good craftsman are able to do the work perfect, but sometimes also the twist – is he a artist then? Yes I think, but perhaps in his mind not, and so what! If he is payed well and he loves his job, it’s wonderful.

Me I’m a architect of education, but also of mind, I grew up as a architect (my father are a architect), so it’s in my blood, I belive I have a talent for shape, colour and space, but it does not make me a artist, I’m just holding the skills. To become artist, I have to have something to express / to want to tell something / to to put my skills into something and belive so much in it, that I repeat this so many times, that I at the end find my answer, or at least are on a travel againt that point of satisfaction.
As a architect I was never saticfied, and since arcitecture are a bound artform, where we have to consider so many aspects, it becomes rearly art, but men like Corbusier, Frank Loyd Wright and Calatrava, have achived this status since they never gave up on their travel against their wishes and ideas.

A woman I know who are a painter, she said to me, that she probalyt had this moment of insiration twise a year, the rest of the time she was working like a office worker, to get closer to this moment, and to paint what she saw there…

So where do I want to go?
I want to say: ‘every one is a artist’, but only if you are eighter extremely talentet, extremely giftet, or extremely well connected – it comes easy.
Otherwise, you have to get up every day, and work on this same simple shape, and perhaps on the number 200 turning, you fel it was almost there, and smiles in your mind. If you are lucky others might find your work beautiful or interesting on the way, and you might get high prices – but I think the moment you belive you are there, it will disapear, to be a artist are a travel in life.
So enjoy the travel, and if you don’t become ‘famous’, it does not matter, it’s all the moments of zen, where you are there, the wood works with you, your heart beats in a calm rythm, and you are full of love for your work, that counts.

Best thoughts,
the traveler,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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