About half way through my loose description, my colleague raised his hand while nodding in agreement to self-identify as a circular artist. For a while, the conversation digressed to commiseration about the difficulties of recognition, branding, and marketing for the circular artist. We ended on an up note as we chuckled in agreement that circular artists have more fun because the world is our playground.
This conversation reminded me how ‘full circle’ my comprehension of both linear and circular artists has evolved over time.
When I was an art student, I had the primitive notion that in order to have success as an artist, I had to become a linear artist: paint similar paintings, sculpt similar sculptures, or throw similar pots for the rest of my life. This caused boredom anxiety, imagining my life limited to one medium and style. Beyond thinking that I had to repeat myself over and over in order to qualify as successful, I created a hierarchy between the two approaches and determined that the beginner artist was a circular artist, sampling form and content until eventually maturing into a linear artist. I dreaded the idea of making the same thing every day for the rest of my life. Wasn't there a more creative way to be an artist?!...