The Making of an Artist

The Making of an Artist Desire, Courage, and Commitment

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What drives an artist to create? And are there common traits that successful artists possess? In The Making of an Artist, Kristin G. Congdon draws on her years of studying and teaching art at all levels - from universities to correctional settings - to identify three traits that are regularly found in successful artists: desire, courage and commitment. In this collection Congdon explores each of those traits, as well as giving ethnographic case studies of six visual artists from diverse backgrounds and locations whose practices embody them. Marrying the work of biography, journalism, sociology and psychology, the book opens up the often mysterious process of making art, showing us how those characteristics play into it, as well as how other factors, such as trauma, madness, class and gender, affect the ways that people approach the creative process.

Powerfully insightful and fully accessible, The Making of an Artist will be an invaluable resource for practicing artists, those just setting out on artistic careers, and art teachers alike.

Book information

ISBN: 9781783208517
Publisher: Intellect Books
Imprint: Intellect Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 701.15
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 652g
Height: 172mm
Width: 230mm
Spine width: 15mm