Do you harbor a working definition of “art,” and if so, what is it?
I don’t. I probably should, and if pressed, I suppose I would say that art is whatever tangible work results from a creative act. Imagine you google your name, and find a critic’s description of your work. What would you most like it to say?
Honestly, I don’t think it matters what anyone says. An artist does not produce work for the external gratification. I have always agreed with what Rilke said in Letters to a Young Poet (I paraphrase): if you don’t HAVE TO do it, you really should not. It sounds snobby. But, really, an artist responds to an itch that needs to be scratched. 16
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