Re: The Role of the Artist
I agree with about all that has been said as reply on this thread so far, especially cooljamesx1, although I thought that I mostly understood what jOe was trying to say.
The original quote posted by Cantab could just as easily describe an inventor as an artist. I highly disagree with the part of the quote that says, "..this is what an artist has to be..." I may have an idea of what makes an artist, but I sure as heck do not expect every other artist to conform to my ideas, even if it were possible.
I think the best way to describe the role of an artist is to demonstrate by being one rather than creating theories about them. Each of us has a unique set of gifts, perceptions, temperment, background, etc. makes it tough to generalize.