Art is silence.
Art is noise.
Art is rhythm.
Art is vigour.
Art is patience.
Art is life.
Art is random.
Art is time.
Art is anthem.
Art is language.
Then why is art not valued the way it should be. Compromising on art is like compromising on quality. Trivializing the authentic charm of art ain’t so easy.
So are we doing something about it? Are we valuing the artists the way they should be? The questions are many but art is a lot and it deserves to be appreciated.
Art is not just a word, but a parallel line that defines an artist and his/her perspective. Comprehending a piece of art and transforming it into a masterpiece needs a lot of gut and patience. In the times we are living in, the artists are ready to work for pennies. And that is truly disheartening as it slowly slices apart the visual aesthetic in terms of quality.
Simple, clean and refined designs are what define the integral aspect of a brand, an organization or a firm. Then why are we lagging behind in being a little more generous in compensating for the piece of work a designer creates for us? Ain’t it creating a kind of bias towards something creative and brilliant? For consideration, as per the research by Noah Bradley says that if an artist takes 15 hours to complete a work with $100 as his charge, then he’ll be earning around $7 for an hour, less than the current UD federal minimum wage.
It’s all about the choices we make. Most of the times, an artist is paid less than what he actually deserves to complete the work that includes not just the work/project but communication, research, revisions, designing, invoicing and many more things as well. Here’s a quote by William Faulkner that reads:
“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”
Quality comes with a price. A bad job is a bad job, if it doesn’t pay you well. It’s all about being fair to the artists and make them earn a decent, sustainable living from what they love doing. Less payment to a true artist’s like a virus that’s been spreading like a fire and they’re being victimized. Be it any country, the problem is same. Exploiting an artist is like exploiting someone who believes in his brushstrokes. The statement by Michelangelo is so apt and on point that says: “The true work of art is but a shadow of divine perfection.”
The competition would always be there and nobody can stop it. But if artists are lured by even shabby offers, what good is it for an artist. Unless an artist asks for what is right for him, his/her clients won’t understand their value. If they really like your work, the chances are high that they’ll receive a better pay or atleast would be able to negotiate. When an artist creates something for someone, then it’s not just something he gives but a part of his life. An artist also needs to keep updating his best works on social platforms that could lead to better clients.
“Charging for your artwork enables you to make a contribution to the world with your art”, says Maria Brophy.
When you’re buying something from an artist, you’re buying more than an object. Art is not just an expression, but a way of life.