WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF ART? WHY IS ART IMPORTANT? These are big questions that need good answers, in my opinion, if an artist is going to work mindfully.
I believe that no two artists could have the same answers to these questions. We all have our personal interests, our own things to say, and our own reasons to speak up. I also think that it takes a long time to figure these things out... Or maybe it's just me.
Until I can answer these questions for myself in a way that I really can own, I'm happy to hear about how other artists use their skills, and to what end. The following video features a number of my instructors from my undergrad discussing just that. It also profiles their show Perceptions of Promise.
How lucky am I to have been taught by so many of these artists!
So... WHY IS IT MY RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE ART?