A Night Above the City
College applications are asking me why I make art. I'm at that point in every person's life where I'm applying to schools and making big grown-up decisions.
Why do I make art? That question unnerves me. It's not a glamorous or empowering reason. It's not to make changes to my community, communicate deep thoughts on today's political climate, or express my cultural roots. These are all honorable reasons and to anyone who makes art because of them, you are wonderful and inspiring artists. However, they're not my reasons.
But to the random passerby who takes a glance at my art and likes it, asking "why does this person make art?", I will tell you the stone-cold truth.
I make art because it gives me a purpose in life.
It's as simple as that.
And I'm pretty sure every artist, at their core, feels the same way.