“So what that I have money? So what that you are poor. I don’t care about money. Screw your landlord – screw the banks – what does that matter in light of your art making?”
This argument came years ago from a colorful character who wanted me to quit my job and get into major debt for art. He ridiculed my “spiritual aims” and seriousness when I did not.
Something he didn’t know was that I did not even have the rent yet for that month - but that would be just a petty detail, non?
The words I vividly recall as I still think that in varying degrees, the art world is made of the haves. Oh, the have-nots are still there alright. They get to watch. And their life of stress certainly gives them plenty of fodder for subject matter and a driving determination. And yeah sure, there are always exceptions.
But there are nonetheless many cuts that a have-not has a really tough time making. It takes money; an ongoing cash flow at that, not just a whole paycheck every now and then - to make cut after cut and get an art career.
What is a matter of course can seem like out-and-out glamour to the artist who does not do Miami. That’s the question one can get every year. Even when I say that I have an exhibition in December, the head is still cocked in question, as if one can easily do both. Never mind that December can be a bit of stressful time, holidays and all, a bit of a burden for anyone with stressed means.
I am not saying I am broke. Feeling pretty lucky actually. Just remembering, that’s all.