“It is through art, and through art only, that we can realize our perfection; through art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence.”
The Critic as Artist by Oscar Wilde, 1891
This quote is so accurate no matter which medium you choose to invest your creativity into. As an artist, as a photographer, as a model, and as an author, I am free to delve into self-expression and my own personal definition of beauty, and how the worlds I fabricate grow. It is here where you perfect your craft and push yourself to succeed, and in a sense become comfortable in your own skin.
Being a successful artist, photographer, model, or author, in terms of the public’s acceptance of your work, I believe is the thing you are shielding yourself from. As creators we mainly create for ourselves, extracting our internal imagination into something we can be proud of and love. The second part of being a creator, however, is to have other people accept you and love your creations as much as you do.
If you ask me, that is where the fear of rejection and the fear of financial downfall come into play as the “actual existence” Wilde eludes to. I decided to write about this quote because it is an empowering statement to me. It is motivational, and I really feel like Wilde is cheering on other artists.
“This is what you were born to do, what you are good at. Don’t focus on what other people have to say about it to determine your worth.”