An artist has his or her own work and style that shapes the way in which art is created. This is the dominant influence; however there are times when the artist needs to collaborate or work directly within the artist community. These are both fundamental pieces for artistic development.
A perfect example of this was an event called “Drink & Ink” on April 21st. AS220 of Providence held this
fundraising event to reach out to the community and teach about all different types of printmaking processes.
Creative people are influenced and inspired by many personal interactions. Other artists create not only additional inspiration but provide critical feedback and help us “feel” respected and understood in a world where one can often feel lost or isolated within their creative process. In addition, being a
creative person with different thoughts and ideas other than the norm, it is integral to connect with other artistic people. It also becomes increasingly relevant to balance a relationship between working alone on creative pursuits and immersion in the artist community.
As artists, we need the support as well as the empowering experience from others who think alike and are creators. AS220 has embraced this theory and enables artists to creatively coexist and create within an amazing community experience. I recall the first time I walked into AS220. The energy felt invigorating and contagious. I couldn’t get in there fast enough to create and communicate with other creators. Artists, who are many times introverts, can come together and work together.
Artists can be side-by-side creating separate or collaborative projects, yet the effects are similar.
This is a place where one is at home with their ideas and thoughts. Artists can easily generate and flourish here. Creative people in a group thrive within this cumulative artistic energy. Think about all the workshops in Renaissance Italy. Within the workshop setting, mastery of the craft occurred beginning
from the ground up. Artists today primarily attend colleges, not traditional workshops, yet there is a connection between then and now. Creative and like-minded people need each other. This dynamism permeates the individual and the entire artistic community, providing benefits for both. Truly an amazing phenomenon; concepts and creativity blend freely in and out of each other.
This relationship and place to gather becomes an invaluable resource for the artist. One can connect and bridge the gap of isolation that occurs in an artist’s life, forge new artistic alliances and friendships, as well as create some new work in an environment which commands the very best from within
your creative self.
In effect, this newfound collective art energy is just what the doctor ordered. Go breathe it in like the fresh spring air.
by Kim Celona