As artists, we essentially base our work on ideas. We take abstract ideas and turn them into concrete artworks for the world to see. There is a saying that a person’s art is an external display of his or her inner thoughts. I think this is true to a great extent. However, as creators we must consider our perception regarding ownership of our ideas and creations. It may seem easy but there is more to this question than what meets the eye…
Do we own our ideas or our creations?
I think many people would answer yes to both of these questions. But Charles has made me think twice. Perhaps I have fallen into the hole of egocentric ideologies. Today we want to put our signature on everything we have come up with. We even see more and more signature prints covering photographs so that we will not miss who shot it. In some way it’s a natural development. With increasing competition and harder times to earn a living on what you do as a creator, you want to make sure that you get the credit for EVERYTHING you do. One reason is that patent and copy rights are two of few ways by which artists can make revenue on their creations. In a world, where essentially everything can be accessed for free online, the struggle to receive an income has increased.
But is it really the original idea of your creation that you own? Or the actual creation in itself? To be an artist in modern society, is more about finding new ways to re-create pre-existing ideas. One can want to argue that there is an unlimited amount of ideas, but at some point, the originality in your idea lies in the personified re-creation. A soon as we release a new artwork – we own that particular version of an initial idea. But we can never limit another artist to take inspiration from our ideas and use them in a personalized and modified way. Furthermore, when we sell an artwork, we technically hand over the ownership of it.
How to approach your creations to generate a higher level of well-being and satisfaction with your work
The constant competition and labeling within the art-industry create anxiety, stress and hostility towards other creators. Be humble towards your art and you will be able to engage in more artistic collaborations and projects. Charles and I are the first to sign the benefits of working in a team. It encourages you to think outside of the box and develop the ideas further. However, this would not work if someone did not want to share their ideas. No one idea is or should be assigned to any specific individual. Rather cherish the moment if someone else values your idea to the extent that they want to use it for them. Every creator and artist is part in the evolution of ideas that all originated from the same start point of enriching the enjoyment of life.