ARTIST STATEMENT

  

A letter from the artist,

             As a resident artist a few years ago at a K-3 elementary school, I posed the question to my students: What is an artist and what is art? Not knowing what kind of response I would receive. One little girl summed up the answer by saying, “an artist is someone who makes really neat stuff and makes lots of money!” In a moment of bewilderment I thought, maybe that is the consensus of thought in the public as well. After I regained my composure, I told her that I thought an artist is someone who shares part of themselves with others. Art is really the sharing of our thoughts, observations, experiences and interpretations of living, whether it be whimsical or thought provoking. We share ourselves with others through what we do. Some people share through drawing or painting, dance or literature, theater or sculpture, or even sitting down with a new friend. The lasting impact we have on others is not always in the object created, but it’s in the communication we share that will be remembered, no matter what language we speak. If we share ourselves with others, in what ever medium we choose, we have shared a most precious gift that can affect many, a few or one, if one cares to do so. After all, who really wants to be a “stuff maker”?

 Russell Faxon