An individual does art to fulfill one's desire to actualize oneself because this act is what makes them feel glad to be alive, which is the creative identity essential to artists. However, if one begins to feel inferior comparing oneself with others due to the stress that society gives to oneself and the culture that emphasizes collective identity prior to individual identity, one might suffer identity crisis as an artist, and produce work that's not authentic to oneself, thus, unhelpful to society. Creative identity, gained from one's strong connection to oneself, the society and the world through the work they do, and the satisfactory feeling of oneself of doing art that follows it, is where creativity and authenticity naturally flow that produces bona fide art that makes a healthy society. Therefore, realm of art in society should not be too strict on artists who feels joyful and meaningful producing their works since doing art is formation and expression of their true selves, which can heal and inspire others who have access to these artworks; In addition, there should be many art institutions that support all artists to have access to a wide audience, not only some famous artists who target a limited audience. Paper's aim will be 1) explaining how artist's (generally focusing on painter's and writer's) identity, characteristics and creativity is tightly intertwined, 2) discussing what could be the healthy way to evaluate artists' artworks, and 3) depicting the imagined society where true artists can flourish.
Sieun Ko, Yonsei University, South Korea
Stream: Arts - Literary Arts Practices
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