There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work.
You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased.
[There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time.
There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” ~Martha Graham
As an artist we want to create art that we are proud of and that we want to share with the world. But sometimes we think it is horrible, not perfect, not the way we imagined.
At the same time we take for granted what other people think of our work. They might not see exactly what we wanted them to see, but they see exactly what they are meant to see.
We can strive to become better and strive for perfection of our art and skills, but at the end of the day people that are looking at our work and start thinking about it, they are the ones who make the art alive and give it meaning.
As an artist you give people a reason to start thinking, imagining things and to feel by looking at your art.
But as your art is unique, what people see and what the art means to them is unique as well.
So let the others decide.
Keep creating and expressing yourself. Put your imagination into art to find and to lose yourself. At the same time give others the
opportunity to interpret the piece they way it’s best for them right now.