Knowing the “why” behind your art is important for maintaining your creative drive and passion
I think it’s important for us, as people and artists, to identify and examine what motivates us to keep doing the work we do. Determining our motivators that not only helps us keep our focus, but it helps keep us in touch with what makes life worth it and keeps us moving forward in a direction that is aligned with those values.
One of my favorite artists, Louise Bourgeois, said that “Art is a guarantee of sanity.” I really agree with this assessment. We are lucky, as artists, to have an opportunity that many other people do not—the opportunity to create something that could really affect someone else deeply.
The possibility of affecting someone else and this idea of taking part in something that is bigger than myself is a powerful motivator for me and a big part of the reason I create my artwork. I want to find a little poetry and beauty in the middle of the crazy lives we lead and through my work, inspire other people to live their best lives and step out of the mould that society has created for us.
The Private View Podcast is created by artist Mauren Brodbeck. She hosts two podcasts, PRIVATE VIEW and RAW AND RADICAL WOMEN IN THE ARTS PODCAST, which is an inspirational movement, resource, and community for cis and trans women who want to be creative and live a creative life, but who feel alone and struggle to claim the time and space they need to fully realize their potential.
RAW AND RADICAL WOMEN IN THE ARTS PODCAST is a series of conversations with outstanding women in the arts who are striving to live bold, authentic, creatively-fulfilling lives. In these interviews, they explore the themes of identity, vulnerability, authenticity, loneliness, alienation, discrimination, inspiration, empowerment, and social change.
In PRIVATE VIEW, Mauren shares her personal stories of discovery, process, practice, and the adversity she has encountered during her life and experience in the art world.
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