IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST
The Interview – Part 3
Answered By Melissa LaFontaine
Which character flaw do you despise the most and how you deal with these individuals during an unavoidable encounter?
I don’t know if character flaw is the right word for it, but I do tend to dislike those who consume, by any means necessary, other people’s attention without adding value to the lives of the people whose attention they have drawn. I’ve learned that resistance is futile with those types and they are best avoided at all cost.
Is the relationship between you (the artist) and your art a healthy one? Or artistic growth comes with a price, and if so, what is it?
The only price there is to be paid by being an artist, from my perspective, is that there is an acute loneliness when others cannot join you for the ride. Sometimes an artist goes too deep and our motivations can become lost in translation. Or the audience is interested in superficial and dissociation and entertainment which can create a feeling of having no utility or product that will provide income or value to society, making you question yourself or worse. It can feel like trying to sell honey to bees who somehow got themselves hooked on vinegar. You need to develop a will of steel to ride that insanity out and keep on producing accurate reflections of your soul and observations anyway.
Melissa studied Studio Art and Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She creates artistic pieces that add visual narration to her written word. She uses a blog format to publish insightful reflections, poetry and essays about life, spirituality and trauma recovery. She is also the proud homeschool mom to a budding Rockstar and has dreams of one day owning an artist’s retreat and wellness center.
Copyright© Melissa LaFontaine
About ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’
‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ aims to uncover the artistic mind, the perspective of individuals living under the influence of art. By and large we live collective lives, but artists see life a bit; well sometimes very different than others. As some seem to float from one artwork to another; others are deeply encrusted in their work making it difficult to catch that ride offered by the world around them, creating realities in which one person (the artist) must navigate in order to survive in society. If you are an artist and this speaks to you, please contact me if you like to share your story.
This series of articles, written by artists is about the artist’s way of processing and reacting to events in their lives. These can be tangible communal events or struggles of philosophical and psychological nature.
Through these articles artists will share their intimate views. Talking about how their perspectives changed as they trapped themselves in the cobwebs of art.
By design ‘In The Mind Of An Artist’ will not contain any images of artwork, biography, profile, lists of exhibitions, books or the artist’s creative process.
The goal here is to give the artist a chance to pause from the creation of art for a moment and explore the self.
Interviews will also be included in this series.
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