Class Separation Notes
I think a lot of artists think about the class separation in our culture. They worry about where they fit between dirt poor and filthy rich. Not only are they worried about their fit with other artists, but also about how they fit with the elite collectors.
This occurred to me recently and I’ve been thinking about it. Several artists tell me that they would love to have studio parties, but their homes are not up to inspection by their wealthy collectors. They feel shame that they can’t have a wonderful space to receive guests. They are making a mistake. Their collectors don’ really care about what their house looks like.
I have been having studio parties out at my place for many years. Before my studio was remodeled two years ago it was a wreck with old carpet, drop ceiling tiles, ugly painted exterior, poor lighting, etc. My house is 60 years old. We are gradually improving it. Last year new floors, this year a remodeled new guest bathroom, next year the house will be painted to match the studio. The road is a disastrous dirt track that winds through the woods. Now and then somebody does some work on it but it is bad.
Guess what? people don’t care! They still come to my parties and for studio visits. I don’t have to be rich or live in a fancy place to please them. I have a collector who visits regularly because we are friends and she likes to enjoy our afternoon tea party. I have many, highly educated and affluent friends who have much more status than I do, but they don’t care!
We artists live in an interesting place in our society. We have the privilege of knowing highly influential people, with fine homes, socializing with the wealthy. We have a highly refined skill that appeals to them, thus we are exposed to wealth and that lifestyle. We need not feel inferior due to our own circumstances, or superior to others who have less than ourselves. Our status only holds us back if we are captive to it. In the end, status is a false sense of empowerment, and means nothing a the end of our time on this beautiful planet.
My advice is to clear off the dining room table, put out your paintings and have a good party with good eats. People will come if you make it fun!
More musings for artists and collectors to come…..
2 (12-oz) bags fresh trimmed green beans
6 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
6 pitted dates, coarsely chopped
1 lemon, for juice
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans, finely crushed
Microwave beans following package instructions. Chop garlic (1 tablespoon) and dates. Squeeze lemon for juice (2 tablespoons). Combine lemon juice, honey, and red pepper.
Preheat large sauté pan on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place oil and garlic in pan; cook 1–2 minutes, stirring often, or until garlic is lightly browned. Stir lemon-honey mixture into pan; cook 1–2 minutes or until thick and glossy.
Add beans, dates, and salt; cook 2–3 minutes, stirring often, or until beans are hot and glazed. Crush pecans into crumbs. Transfer beans to serving platter; sprinkle with pecans and serve.