Many artists wonder whether their art has to have “deep meaning” to be valid.
Does art have to have a meaningful message in order to be art, or can art be a purely visual experience for the artist and viewer?
- Ask yourself why you are making the images in your art.
- Write down the “whys” for your art.
- What do you want to talk about as an artist?
- Is there something specific you want to communicate through your art?
- Who are you making your art for?
- Is your art just for yourself, or for a larger audience or group?
- Do you want to make art that which speaks from your personal narrative, or from a broader point of view?
- Sometimes the meaning behind your artwork can emerge as it develops.
- The meaning can take a really long time to appear!
- Ideas take time to marinate and develop, be patient with the process.
- How do I know if what I’m making is “enough” as an artist?
- Is it “okay” if I want to make images that are about being visually pleasing?
- Some projects begin with a meaning you have figured out in advance.
Prof Lieu’s Tips
I’ve had projects where I did nothing but brainstorming for a good 6 months. It takes the pressure off needing to execute finished pieces, and I really do think working out ideas requires a lot of “marination.”
I can’t brainstorm continuously for 3 hours, I would go nuts! So for me, little spurts, and with lots of marination time is the most effective.