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Hello Earthlings! Uhm, I don't know how journal entries work yet but I'm guessing this one could serve as a platform for a visual artists verbal expression. I'll most likely use it as an outlet for my many frustrations as an artist.
Okay, so that being said, Hello Earthlings! I'm known as Maretsuki Marx (Marx for short) I am an art student at a university in a country where art hasn't quite found a firm foothold yet. So naturally there are many frustrations that come with being an artist over here.
First off, my university was never built to accommodate an art department so we are taught and treated like every other department, which does not work well for us since art students need a broader spectrum of teaching methods in order to excel. But I'm not complaining. I've been able to do a great deal of personal research and am basically teaching myself through to a degree.
This kind of learning comes with many challenges, the largest of which is the tendency to get highly discouraged and to feel like you'll never make it as an artist under such conditions. There are times when I also feel like maybe I'm not actually cut out to be an artist and I'm just living a lie. But in times like this I ask myself "If you are not an artist, what are you?" and I get right back up and follow my dreams.
However my greatest challenge and the reason I started writing this in the first place is my tendency to see the process of creating an art piece as stressful and tiring and hard work rather than an uplifting and relaxing pass time. I feel like I've lost touch with that part of myself that truly saw art as an amazing enjoyable pass time or hobby. I feel like I've lost sight of the Passion and rather I'm focusing on the Job. Honestly, I feel lazy.
So im writing this with the aim of reaching out there to artists who currently or used to feel this way. How did you overcome this? Was this a feeling that passed as you got older and more mature as an artist? I'm twenty years old so feel free to bluntly tell me if its just one of the trials of youth. Kindly leave your comments below.
Favorite visual artistInconclusiveFavorite moviesSci-Fi, FantasyFavorite TV showsTwo Broke Girls, Big Bang Theory, Melissa and JoeyFavorite bands / musical artistsSoley, Daughter, Dead by Sunrise, Lana Del Ray, HurtsFavorite booksThe Lost Symbol, Star Dancer, Trickster's Choice, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Kin, Favorite writersDan Brown, Tamora Pierce, Peter Dickinson, Beth WebbFavorite gamesAssassins Creed, Call of Duty, Heavenly SwordFavorite gaming platformPlaystation ThreeOther InterestsMusic, Writing