Some people claim that the difference between craftspeople and artists is that craftspeople are concerned with the making of the piece while artists are more interested in the final outcome and how people react to it. While there is a grain of truth to this, it’s not the whole story.
For me, process is a huge part of what I do. I love the magic found in turning a flat piece of metal into a sculptural object. I enjoy hammering the metal, working with it and against it to transform the sheet into something new. But I am also working toward a finished piece. I want people to enjoy the end product and to interact with it.
There are plenty of fine artists who are really into process. I remember reading about an artist who was trying to achieve a canvas where the paint was a completely even surface. Pollack’s work seems (at least to me) to be completely about seeing the physicality of how he created his paintings.
Either way I feel both areas are important. The process is intensely satisfying to me, but ultimately I’m creating pieces to be enjoyed by other people.
Which are you more drawn to – how a piece is made or how the finished piece affects you personally?