Discuss: Stomping out artist stereotypes
Submitted by bsherwin at 7/19/2012 8:36:43 AM CST
bsherwin: We all know the stereotypes that artists are faced with: The bohemian, half-crazed painter -- an odd mix of social butterfly and loner -- the obsessed creative who can't hold down a 'real job' or relationship... the romanticized rogue. YOU know the stereotypes. YOU have likely faced them at some point. These stereotypes of artists have long been used in literature -- and more recently, film. The 'artist character' is interesting -- but in reality most artists simply don't fit the role.
These stereotypes -- the classic role of the artist -- are entertaining. They intrigue readers and moviegoers. That said, the stereotypes have infiltrated beyond the realm of mere entertainment. These stereotypes have been used against artists by politicians and others who are in positions that can impact the arts in general. The stereotypes of 'The Artist' have had a negative impact on the art community as a whole... even though the majority of artists are nothing like the characters found in novels and movies.
With the above in mind, how do we, the art community, ward off these artist stereotypes? How do we inform the public that not all artists are inspired lunatics... or passionate heart-breakers? How do we stomp these stereotypes out? I've known thousands of artists over the years -- I can honestly say that the majority of them are the complete opposite of the common stereotypes pinned to artists. I often wonder if the negative image of 'The Artist' can be reversed. What say you?