What is the function of an artist?
The function of the artist in a particular society
impacts heavily on the artist’s self-perception and understanding
of his/her role in that society: I cannot prove this,
it just makes sense when you think about it.
There is a difference in the way British artists speak about their practice
as opposed to the way American artists speak about their work.
I cannot put this difference into words yet, it is a feeling, a hunch.
My research art project sets out to answer the above question through the collection of responses from people I meet. I will attempt to create as diverse a sample as possible, I will unapologetically make assumptions and I will come to my own conclusions. I will present my findings in whatever way I determine is most artful. It is foremost an art project.
I am thinking it has to do with the role of the artist in British society as opposed to
the role of the artist in American society as determined by each society and
how that role is internalized by the artist him or herself.
This project sets out to understand that role through the collection
and presentation of responses to the question
“What is the function of an artist?”