I wrote a letter to the President today about THIS
It moved me to do something I never do. Write the President. Speak out.
Dear President Obama,
"Starving Artist", ring any bells? Imagine, if you will - prosperous economic times. I know it's hard to these days, but we have had some. During these prosperous economic times, a middle class father and mother save for their talented child to go to college and study art. They support that child's talent, passion and drive to make themselves the best creator they can be. They know, full well, that their child will never be rich. They hope for the best, but face the reality of the worst- that child will have a huge ,life long struggle to balance the pursuit of art, the thing they love to do and making a living.
These are not prosperous times. Most artists I know, and I am one, struggle more than ever to hold tight to their passion and create not only for themselves but for the enjoyment of others. We face many a client who wishes to convince us to work for little or no money because we will somehow - get exposure through their project.
Exposure - you cannot eat. Exposure does not give you shelter. Exposure is not fair pay. All of those jobless, homeless people out there in 2011, how many are artists?
I am insulted by this project, President Obama. You insult the struggling. How many millions will you raise for your campaign- and from that you can not pay a freelance rate for these posters? You will sell these posters to help that campaign?
This is exploitation of artists. It’s considered kind of unethical in the world of the freelance artist. I did vote for you. I did hope with you. I will not create for you because art, sir, is my job and you -wish me to do it for free. That would make me, jobless.
don't think there is a problem with asking artists to do this in a different way, for a different reason. certainly not to raise money for your campaign. Yet perhaps- you could pay them a fair hourly freelance rate, as an example of creating jobs. create jobs through creating art for the people.
Why we as a
country are so oblivious to the truly spectacular moments of our past
and do not draw inspiration from them- is beyond me. The WPA created
such tremendous creations that lifted up the spirits of the people at a
time of great "depression". Art, today, could certainly be used to do
the same. This could have been handled in a much more "community
building" way than in the way it was actually worded and presented. Not
so much to create art for the president- but to create art for the
people. Drawing, most timely, on the calls of the protesters about our
nation. Not so clearly attached to one political agenda, but to the
needs and the passion of the people.
On WPA works: "They stand as a
reminder of a time in our country’s history when dreams were not allowed
to be destroyed by economic disaster." see - http://www.wpamurals.com/
Respectfully a disappointed American artist,
I posted it here- inspired by a fellow artist Susie Ghahremani
She's fabulously talented- check her out!