A Heart for Art – a Blessing and a Curse

An ode to the artist’s heart.

‘Death 2’ – by Eva Mout – acrylics on paper – sold

There is an ongoing conflict in the mind of an artist: the deep need to reach inside and express that what occupies the heart, and on the other hand the awareness of the expectations that an overall brain-ruled society has of him and the lack of understanding that comes with that.

Over the years I have met hundreds of artists, who almost all struggle to find acceptance and room for their talents and needs. They deal with suppressing family expectations, with education at school that treats art as an unimportant subject, with prejudiced opinions from the layman (my 5-year old can do that’) and with a society in which it seems normal to rip-off artists with ‘exposure’ as payment and ask fees for most art -related ‘open call’ -entries. And let’s not forget all the friends and family who, although they criticize you, do want a free artwork because of the relationship they have with you and argue: ‘Hey, you like painting, right? I am doing you a favour!’

Who besides other artists know and really understand our way of thinking, feeling and working? Not many. Hence the common feelings among artists of loneliness, of being misunderstood and undervalued. They are instead easily made out to be attention seekers or drama queens. If an artist is not careful, he will spend his life defending himself.

Compared to most jobs that have visual an practical proof of its necessity, it is hard to quantify the outcome of art. But it is there all around us. Most people just take it for granted and forget that almost everything we see and use has once been designed by the hands of an artist, from the cup that we carefully chose because of its shape and colour, to that cheap repro-print at IKEA’s, that now hangs in your hallway.

This heart connection, that I mentioned earlier, that we artists have and the sensitivity that comes with that, make us aware of so many details and underlying structures of different situations, that the thinking elite easily overlooks. This is one reason why artists are good at getting people to think and act. Because we are not afraid of feeling strong emotions, good or bad ones, nor of letting other people’s emotions affect us. New ideas come from that! New motivation, new insights! We dissolves barriers! We deeply understand that old ways need to die first before there is room for a new one. We know this both practically and conceptually. We are the last ones to end up in a comfort zone and stay there. We challenge ourselves and the world around us again and again. That takes courage of the heart and boy, do we have that!

We don’t want to merely make a pretty picture for on the wall, we want to add something valuable to your way of viewing reality. We want to enrich the human experience, to challenge you to look differently at yourself and to situations, to open up and show that what is vulnerable and true. And if you recognise that little bit in yourself in my work, that is so hard to put into words……..then I have succeeded and I know that I have done my job. ▪️

Comments and thoughts are very welcome. If you’re interested in my work, please visit my website or email me at: ursusart.studio@gmail.com.

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2 thoughts on “A Heart for Art – a Blessing and a Curse

  1. This how I think exactly. It was one of the core points in my -awakening is a big word, but you get my drift: We should value those things that make our people and society add value in a way that isn’t monetary. Art, beauty, culture; those things.

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  2. Omg! This is so apt and explains the feelings in an outstanding way. Felt so relieved knowing that there are artists like me who are struggling and I am not alone in this. A heart for art is for sure a blessing and a curse.

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