Art is cool most of the time. It entertains, brings people together, sends vital messages. It is what comforts an artist when there is no one else around. But sometimes, art isn't so friendly. Here are ten reasons why you may not like it that much.
1. It dragged you in, without warning.
Very few interests can ensnare a human as much as art can, and guess what: it's got it's fingers around your heart. It isn't letting you go, no matter how desperate you are to escape it. And don't even think about trying to give it up. Art will be back with a pitchfork.
2. Others won't understand you.
Once you're in the thrill of the honeymoon phase, you'll be an alien to them. After all, you just met art and it just met you. How could others begin to comprehend your special relationship? When you opt to stay home with art instead of go out to the bar with your pals, you better believe that they'll question your priorities.
3. Art is so old.
You may begin to wonder how you can in fact make this work, since it's as old as mankind. How do you cope with that? You'll find ways to rationalize this fact in order to continue justifying your relationship, for others and for yourself. Never mind that art has been in other deep relationships before - none of that is important to you as long as you have each other.
4. You will not get any time to yourself.
Art is a greedy mistress, so don't expect to get much sunlight, food, or anything really, as long as it has your undivided attention. Be careful now, or you might even forget the last time you shaved. Then you'll look even more like an alien!
5. Art has very high standards.
Not only do you spend all of your time with it, but you also have to give it your very best. That face isn't good enough yet, that stupid fold in the figure's shirt is not to your liking. Art does not permit you to settle for less because, remember, it loves you. Just another few minutes. And another few. And another. How long has the sun been up?
6. Art needs lots of room.
Once you two move in together, it will probably consume most of the apartment with its possessions; the easel, canvases, the collection of brushes. All those magazines and scrapbooking supplies, wood, glue, fabric scraps. Your friends, when they are allowed to visit, will wonder who wears the pants in your relationship after all.
7. You are a different person.
Or rather, you've forgotten who you were before art found you on the street. You used to like cheeseburgers, now you like hot dogs. You were a cat person, now a dog person. It's as if the two of you were one and the same all along, and to be without art would mean you don't know yourself anymore. You dread waking up one morning to find that art has left you.
8. Life has become hideously complicated.
There is no one else to confide in except art's other victims. That film's camera shots could have been more graceful, so you find that it's painful to watch. The shape of that hand could have been painted better, so you must go to your studio and triumph over this mockery. When you confront art's other "friends," you realize that this complication is also their burden. They too see the world with alien eyes.
9. Art has deceived you: you will never be good enough.
Perfection is not attainable. It's thirst will never be quenched. It has hidden this fact from you for a long time, but the truth was revealed by art's victims. Now, at this stage of your relationship, you love it so much that you simply don't care about this problem. As long as you're together, everything is right with the world.
10. You will shed tears of jealousy (or joy).
Art's previous relationships have not all ended in ruin. Just visit the museum! An old master's work will either leave you pining for your studio like a lost puppy, or knock you square on your rump with envy. Put it this way. You'll either ask yourself, "What made their relationship so special?" or, more constructively, "What can I do to make our relationship even more memorable than theirs?"
What makes your relationship to art difficult? Share in the comments!