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3 questions to know what your art means to you.

Updated: Apr 25

If you are an artist and create something, whether photography, dancing, visual arts, music or literature, these 3 questions will clarify how much you care about the art you do and what you can improve, or if it is simply a hobby, if you do it for fun the something of the moment.

photo: Lee Miller


Answer them mentally, quickly and then we'll think about the answers.

1 - Who are your idols, artists who inspire you?


2 - Where do you look at other works, where do you investigate the work of other artists?


3 – And your work, where do you expose it? Where can people see what you've done?


These 3 questions seem simple but the answer says much about the path that you are taking with your work as an artist.

If you have answered a question with a @, with an account of social networks, there is something wrong that we should rethink here.




To the Answers!


1 - Who are your idols, artists who inspire you?

Every art precedes social networks. There are important figures in the history of art and contemporaries who are not in the networks.

Search for relevant references within the world of art and when you like the work of people in the networks, search for your content, and your history in other sources.

Artists who take their work seriously are recognized for what they did for the networks and not inside.



2 - Where do you look at other works, where do you investigate the work of other artists?

Social networks are the worst places to enjoy art. The format is small, cluttered and noisy. You won't know about the work of nadie si solo miras por ahí.

If it is not possible to physically access an exhibition or a presentation, try to search for the artist's website or to visit the media and magazines on the subject.



3 – And you work, where do you expose it? Where can people see what you've done?

No cuente con las networks like your portfolio. Here everything is consumed very fast and your work will be in the feed along with photos of food and videos of cats, without any context.

To be digitally present, there is a good web page that you like and try to publish on other sites. Use the solo networks to call attention to your work and share your processes.

Someone who has a real interest in you, works, for a task or buys something from you, will not be satisfied with what he sees on the networks, unless he is more interested in you as an “influencer” than the artist.


We are all here in the networks and it is nice. We get to know new people, other circles and communicate easily, but it's easy to get confused that this is the way for everything and it's not. This is a sales and marketing tool. Nothing relevant is created by thinking about social media.
Grab what you can here but remember that this is not a space for artists. Live your art was and don't let the rules and the algorithms determine how you create, if you do so you will surely regret it.

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