Shop Talk

Open Discussion: Do Artists Have to be Lonely?

"In the past I have never thought about loneliness when working, and I don't think about it now. Yet there must be a reason for the fact that so many people talk about it."

The above come from sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti and it very much reflects our topic for this week’s open discussion: loneliness and art.

Artists need alone time to create work. But is that alone time ever too much handle? In the comments below we’re asking you to share you thoughts about the impact solitude can have on your work, your lives, and your sanity. Do you feel that creativity is always linked with a state of isolation? Does living the creative life mean you have to live a lonely life? Is being an artist an inherently solitary pursuit? And if so, how can we counteract loneliness through creative work? What do you do to stay in touch with others and feel less alone?

"swamp girl lurking" by fioski

Often being alone in the studio leads to new breakthroughs in producing work. Have you found becoming an artist to be a solo journey? This is an area of an artist’s life that’s rarely talked about, and we’re very curious to hear your thoughts and advice on the subject.

Please share in the comments below any tips, strategies or ideas you have about being or not being a lonely artist.