I first discovered Denise Gasser as she was sharing the challenges of making art as a mother with young children with her “Art After…” project. There was a refreshing honesty and acceptance about the realities, which also showed up in a reel Denise filmed in her car. We finally connected to record this conversation about two ways social media could be impacting the way art is made…. what we see others do as markers of success, and our own need for validation which can lead us away from making our truest work.
But is Social Media the culprit? Or; comparison, insecurity, envy, lack of self worth—these are the culprits. Social media will challenge our resolve in these areas, but ultimately it’s up to us to manage our own experience and create healthy patterns that allow social media to be a tool for our benefit rather than a weapon of self destruction.
While this tool puts more power in the hands of artists to promote ourselves and thrive as artists without relying on the gatekeepers of the fine art world. Are you wielding this power? Or are you crumbling?
Let this conversation re-balance you (and yes there are issues with that word!) so you don’t lose yourself.
Watch the Reel that prompted this conversation: https://www.instagram.com/reel/Co8oHYirqUi/?hl=en
Denise offers mentor sessions for artists through her website: www.denisegasser.com
Find her on Instagram: @denisegasserart
Read an earlier blog from Densie about managing your relationship with Instagram Instagram the Great and Terrible
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