The following excerpt comes from a recent article titled "When Iggy Pop can't live off his art, what chance to the rest of of us have?" by Elizabeth Renzetti who writes for the Globe and Mail.
But in truth, we do ask: Every time we go to a library or shop, we want it to be full of new books, and when we search various channels (legal and illegal) for new music and movies, we expect to find them. Someone has to produce this content – this art – and sadly, the shoemakers’ elves are all busy stitching elsewhere. And after it’s been produced, someone has to buy it. Or not buy it, as is more likely the case.
It comes down to a question of value: Do we value artists’ effort? The boring years spent in the studio or rehearsal hall, the torched drafts – Mr. Flanagan burned five early versions of his novel before he got it right – the slow, fungal growth of something that lives in the dark and may never be ready for the light? Sorry, that’s the novelist in me talking. Never mind.
It seems the present economy that we all live in has made it even more difficult for artists to make a living. I remember sitting in my car (when I still owned one) in the drive way just home from band practice, listening to Gillian Welch singing her then new song "Everythings Free Now". I didn't really know what she meant by the song at the time but it came to be nothing short of prophetic. That was 13 years ago and so much has changed since then because of the internet.
In a interview with Adam Weinberg who is the current director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, his last sentence was, Look, it is just very, very, very difficult to be in the arts, and most artist are not able to make a living.
And yet in spite of our recent economic challenges, artists find a way to continue like they always have. After all, if artists are anything, they are problem solvers. Artists make silk purses from pig ears, they pull rabbits out of hats and future treasures out from dumpsters. The act of making art of any kind will always be standing at the threshold of another miracle.