Do we need an audience?

Well Rumi the 13 Century Sufi, mystic and artist, didn’t seem to think so.  These are his words on the subject.

” I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying who listens or what they think.”  Amen!

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I would put forward the idea that when one is actually in the process of creating that this should indeed be the case.

Of course it has often been the dilemma of the creative,  whether to paint for passion or for patrons. However in my experience, when you are in the process of creating there is no room for anything else at that moment. Worrying about whether or not the finished product will have an audience or not, becomes an exercise in derailment.

Having made the above observations however, I’d now like to add a rider to those thoughts.

I want to look at the statement,’ When you are in the process of creating there is no room for anything else at that moment’  more detail.

Some people find that they can create better when they are actually doing something else, like talking on the phone or listening to music.  Why would that be? The reason is, that if you know the basics of your modality, you can carry on a conversation or focus on the words of a song and allow the creative part of your brain to flow-out your work unimpeded.

Sometimes our best work can be done when we open ourselves in this way and allow, and TRUST the process.

It is another way of accessing the creative part of the brain. However what doesn’t work is trying to focus on something that requires concentrated thought while you are creating, like doing your accounts, or something.

I think the other thing that needs to be considered here is the BIG question of – why am I creating a certain thing in the first place. There are really two things here – the actual process of creating something AND what our vision is for that creation in its finished state.  Some people feel they need an audience to complete the process – ie a dancer on  a stage – does she need a theatre full of people, only one person  or none at all for her performance to have meaning for her?

need an audience

Does an artist need someone to look at their work – or buy it to feel the creative process is completed?

Im not sure there is any right answer to the question – what do you think?

This week’s question: Do you need an audience for your work and if so, who is that audience, and how can you find them?

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Posted By: Kadira Jennings


Photo by Cornelia G.Becker (soulll59)

Photo by State Library of New South Wales collection