IN THE MIND OF AN ARTIST
The Interview – Part 3
Answered By A.W. Mundt-Davis
Where do you find more turbulence when looking at your belief system? And how much influence, if any, has your art had in the way you navigate through these rough waters?
So, the turbulence is in the belief system itself: it’s always a riddle, it’s always on the minds of family members, on their TVs, on their cell phones. It’s on the minds of friends that struggle, it’s in the minds of those who interact with my art. They have all become the authority on what I’m supposed to believe, and while they’ll acknowledge evolution, overall, as a species, they’ll simultaneously refute my belief, deaf to me the next passing moment, just as fast as they reiterated their stance.
I’m not cool, or very popular, and society has made certain decisions when interacting with me, regularly. I mentioned I am a victim of molestation and rape, beliefs in themselves have been spawned for me out of turmoil necessarily to survive. The beliefs I have have made me troubled in deciding whether to go on a walk. Several artists I interact with on a regular basis have wound up beat up, in local establishments, and good on the staff that has been there at those times.
As I look at my own words I use, even in this interview I could find a number of words that could particularly trigger some individuals.
This topic intersects with my lifestyle choices: a happily married, omnisexual, Scotts-American male, who fancies socialism, wears his heart on his sleeve, and worries about many groups he might not represent in body, but in spirit. The songs “Relax” and “Land” come to mind. The former because of the refrain in wanting adult connections with other males when the area/society despises it, and the latter because Patti Smith somehow knew about me before I was born. The art has been necessary, um not for profit, mind you, but just to sustain life’s breath, a breath that can be exceptionally hard and critical towards folks sometimes.
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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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