Are Writers Artists?

Writers are artists who revel in their crafts and arts

Writers are artists who revel in their crafts and arts

Writing is a craft, an art. Or not.

Depending on which side of the fence you are peeping from, you may agree or disagree with this standpoint.

It really is a standpoint, after all. My standpoint…and from where I stand, my point is this – Writers are artists.

You may call me biased but be careful lest I paint you into my next story or post as the villain.

Who Really is an artist?

In popular parlance, an artist is one who paints.

Going by this definition and according to ‘my’ statistics, 95% of women are accomplished artists. We do a damn good job of turning plain nails and faces into masterpieces with our paints and brushes.

Like this:

But seriously, we have some very brilliant female painters / artists like the Makwasha women (and that is not in anyway to slight our artistic sister above):

Makwasha, the village where the women are painters

Permit me to point out that if an artist’s job description is strictly to paint, then the doodling pre-schoolers at my kids’ school are also seasoned (without-the-fame) artists who all deserve world-class gallery exhibitions for their beautiful work of arts. Or at the very least, spaces at the Met Museum.

Or to say the very-very least, a couple of Luxembourg Art awards for their ‘outside-the-box’ artistic smear campaigns paintings.

A little bit of fun fact: 51% of visual artists today are women.

For the purpose of this post, we are more concerned with the set of dedicated, fully-grown artists like the Makwasha women.

Have you ever seen an artist at work?

If you had never seen one before, we will content ourselves with the power of your imagination as we bid you to graciously visualize one…in your mind.

We are really at your mercy. But not for long

Now imagine an artist at his / her studio.

Canvas…check

Easel…check

Palette…check

Brushes…check

Paint…check

Pencils…check

Subject…check

Motivation…check

I know you get what I am driving at but in case you don’t, Artists are dedicated, talented, gifted magicians who can bring the most inanimate object to life…and the animate more strikingly, just by the strokes of their brushes.

That is what writers do too. But even more so.

We create works of art. With words powered by our imaginations. Propelled by purpose.

Writers (like artists), by virtue of imagination / skills are able to create beautiful works of emotional or aesthetic values.

Artists bring their objects of artistic interests to life with the stroke of their brushes but Writers wield even more power. Both are joined at the hips, driven by similar purposes.

Be very afraid of writers who take their arts to the hearts. Pun intended.

Vex us and you end up being woven into the next Book as the villain…with an added bonus of some unsightly horns, corns and calluses.

Writers, with the stroke of the pens or the tap-tap-tap of the keyboards, turn the non-existent into fantastically artistic shapes and forms albeit with words.

Shapes are crafted into words, painted and given lives of their own.

That is what writers do. And we pride ourselves in our craft, it is a hard-earned right in the little corners of our world, with our well-worn keyboards providing the music for our fingers to dance to.

Finally, we cannot agree more with the words of Marcel Duchamp in this article.

Artists are ones who make arts, exhibit arts, return profit from their arts, work in studios and call themselves artists.

Now insert ‘Writer’, re-read the sentence (minus the profit part, mostly) and you get my drift.

Aha.

Writers are artists…the artist truly defines art.