Framed laser print and pencil drawing on card
“Traditionally considered to be a road untravelled, the choice to make art is becoming a path that is increasing well mapped. Although the romantic image of the artist as a visionary outsider still maintains its foothold in the popular imagination, contemporary realities are currently producing artists born out of degree programmes into a landscape populated by annual new artist shows, artist run spaces, the artists wage, government funding bodies and an increasing number of art dealerships. For a group of artists currently contending with the practicalities of emergence this project is an opportunity to critically reflect on what it is to pursue the goal of being an artist.
“What do terms such as professionalism, career and vocation mean to those contemplating a future that values creative rewards over economic ones. In what terms do they consider their art-making activities and how does this view impact the work they are making? What does the title ‘artist’ mean to them and how does it relate to other areas of their lives?”
- Liz Allan, Working Title accompanying text
Working Title, Raewyn Martyn
SHOW, pp. 92-94. Enzyme Publishing, 2009. ISBN 0-9582706-0-0
Available via: http://www.show.net.nz/
Show Gallery, Wellington, 13 July – 5 August 2006