Brotherhood in Art, is there such a thing, and can there be?
Recently I have been involved in a few projects, feeling my way about the art world, what's around me, what's on offer, what's not, what's happening in the world of art, and I had the experience of something I really hate about the art system, not the people but the system that allows it.
This thing has bothered me for years, it's been a pet hate of mine the whole time growing up, and being involved in making art. And that is how you are treated by others in the art world, the lack of true care, realness, honesty, basically the lack of true brotherhood in art. And maybe there is some reaction and hurts still around this, but simply it's what I have observed in the art world over many years.
Now I know some of you might say, but we do have an amazing studio where we all work and get along, or a great community of artists that really support each other, and that is ace, and well may be the case, I am not saying it doesn't exist, it's just sadly very few and far between.
My experience was one of feeling the lack of support from others, the jealousy, the critique, and clique as I have talked about before, the almost lack of wanting to share or help, basically people out for themselves, and we get that in all walks of life, but you know what it sucks to feel, not through any hurt of my own, but my hate when there isn't true group work, or brotherhood, we are all in the same boat and ain't going anywhere unless it's together, so the sooner we realise this and work together, the better.
My learning is to observe that, see what horrible energies are rife in the art world, competition, compassion, judgement, etc etc. and get out there none the less. It's just sad to see, that people are treated this way and we don't support one another more deeply, one of my greatest qualities is how much I care about people, and it's the care we have for oversells and one another that can make this world a very different place.
Often when things try to come to knock us down, things that potentially might make us want to give up, go what's the point, withdraw, is when we know we are needed out in the world. And gives us the spark to go go you know what I am stepping up. I am going to bring even more of me, no force, no drive, just simply keep putting myself out there, no matter what your walk of life is. And enjoy what I do and how I express myself, it may not be perfect, or everyone's cup of tea, but we are all needed in this world.
My feeling is yes of course there can be brotherhood in art, but in all honesty it's a long way off as we need to get self out of the way, and the art world is built on the pillars of self, self, self and recognition. But once these come crumbling down, then the true foundations can be built to allow people to express, support, and work together in this way, There are already people and art businesses out there that do this, but let's change how we live and work together to allow room for many more.