To Call Yourself Artist or to Live Your Art

«This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.»
| Morpheus, The Matrix (1999)

If we look at social media, there are many people who are creative and describe themselves as artists. This is wonderful. But I often ask myself whether these people really live their art? In this short article, I would like to look at and characterize the two types.

For me, the subtle difference between the two types lies in the motivation and intention to be an artist. The first type is mainly externally motivated, has a great interest in showing his work, and needs social feedback on it. I often see social recognition as the main motivation here. Money plays a role as well because these artists experience a form of social recognition through the financial success of their art. They show that their art is not breadless. As a consequence, these artists often do what is hot at the moment, follow trends and jump thematically with their work. It is almost a contended ignorance, Morpheus was talking about in Matrix when offering the blue pill. Many of these individuals might have reached out to the NFT world to find their salvation there.

The other type of person is intrinsically motivated at first. This person is curious, asks lots of questions and questions things, she gives themselves time to read, research, think and create. It means a lot to her to add value through her work that goes beyond the product or photo. She has great access to their authentic selves. Her authority comes from speaking from the heart. She has arranged her life in such a way that she consciously renounces many of the world’s comforts in order not to lose the space to think and feel. She recognizes and acknowledges the unsettling life-changing truth – characterized by the red pill in the Matrix, and is willed to cope with it coming up with paths, solutions, or just hope. She is often on the verge of failure, of capitulation, because she cannot be forced into a system. Even if financially successful, that would change little about her lifestyle. Money has a lower priority than values in her life.

It would be a Christmas wish of mine if more people would orientate themselves by their values, be guided by them in their behavior, get involved in the discourse, and offer the world a sustainable and authentic personality. It is a wish that makes me dream. Of more love, more collaboration, and togetherness, more honesty, openness and tolerance, presence, existence, more peace, freedom, and hope. “More” world.

Live your art.