This Manifesto’s premise is that in order to support yourself as an artist, communication is indispensable...
Bob and Roberta’s manifesto ‘Make Your Own Damn Art’ expresses ‘no rules; no Manifestos (…); do your own art, don’t expect me to make it for you.’ (Bob & Roberta, 2013) This Manifesto has a similar philosophy to Bob & Roberta’s. Korita Kent’s creates bold prints with strong statements. I may or may not agree with her views, but I am certainly attracted to the visuals. This manifesto mirrors Korita’s way of producing visual documents with bold statements. The ‘rules’ are not rules, they are personal views, which people may take or leave. They are for everyone who wants to read them and for my future self to look back at. I may learn from these or I may change the way I think, but for now these are vital for my motivation and for the realisation of who I am. There will also be a brief explanation about how vital communication is in the artist community in present day, and how it may benefit our future prospects.
GIVE OUT A SMILE AND YOU’LL GET ONE BACK
DON’T BUILD WALLS BUILD BRIDGES
IF YOU ARE AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT, THEN WHY ARE YOU ACTING LIKE IT?
ANIMALS ARE NOT A COMMODITY
TAKE OTHER’S ADVICE BUT DON’T BASE YOUR DECISIONS ON WHAT THEY TELL YOU IT SHOULD BE
MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR YOUNGER SELF
‘ITS OK TO PROCRASTINATE’ - Pussy Riot
DON’T LET THINGS LIKE FEARS OR ANXIETIES BRING YOU DOWN. CONFRONT THEM AND RISE ABOVE THEM.
DON’T BULLSHIT, HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY.
SHOW ME YOUR EMOTIONS
TRUST YOUR GUT, HE’S YOUR BEST BUDDY.
I AM VULNERABLE, YOU ARE TOO.
COMMUNICATION IS KEY
In ANY type of relationship, friendship, brotherhood; grandmother, cousin, girlfriend, employee, boss - communication is one of the most essential factors.
Communicating with others in the creative industry, especially nowadays, has a great impact in the way we perform. Whether it is for asking illustrators, designers, companies that you admire to give you some feedback in your portfolio; networking through virtual events; or collaborating with people in a similar orientation to yours. These are all forms of creating and maintaining relationships that will benefit you as an artist, if you’re aiming for the big box.
Communication also unites us. It’s like we’re building a big creative force, armed with our skills ready to fight for our recognition.
It is hard for human race to survive with no interaction. Solitude is necessary at times to rest the mind, but communication is a notion known for uniting us and make us stronger. In these ‘shifting landscapes’, how do we know where to set foot? In these new circumstances, communication may be a profitable means of self-care.
It’s ‘about finding common ground with others’ (Blotky, 2019). In the art world, communication can be interacting with other artists. It benefits our work, relationships and will help us all live happier lives. Communication can also be used to generate ideas, emotions or concepts for someone to feel. Knowing who your audience is will facilitate deciding what visual our sound stimulation to use in order to cause an emotion in viewer, reader or listener. There are many roots and branches within communication. These should be well explored if one desires to grow as an artist and for one’s own wellbeing.