It is fine to describe my work to others using verbs. Artists are people. We’re into artistic production; we bring ‘stuff’ forward, into the real world from the imagination. We produce.
- I sculpt.
- I create.
- I design.
- I paint.
If the conversation goes beyond a one syllable response, “Oh,” the follow-up question, if I get that far, is:
- What sort of sculptor?
- What do you paint? What type of painting?
- Let me see your stuff?
- Why have I never heard of you?
- No way? You? Making things?
Next, I receive their advice, “Isn’t it wiser to focus on one sort of Art?”
- I answer, “I produce results with my Art whatever my materials happen to be at the time.”
- So you’re a Producer. They are convinced I’m in the movie business.
So the conversation switches to the script they’ve written. It’s pretty good. A mystery.
And I listen. Because I owe them one.