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Lauren Purje

Lauren Purje (b. 1987) grew up in Dublin, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University in 2009 with a BFA in Painting. She moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2011 where she currently lives and works. This series of comic...

6 replies on “Some Excuses Why an Artist Is Not Making Art”

  1. I like this a lot. Although, in my opinion the title may need an edit. Correct me if I’m wrong but if you’re not making art, you’re not an artist.

    1. So you are only a dentist while you are drilling teeth but not when in between gigs?

  2. Yeah but what if you are just so emotionally and physically drained from your life and work week that when you do have the free time you simply can’t bear the idea of bringing a new object into the world?

    1. That’s when you need to make art, the MOST. Art is a living force inside you that doesn’t care if you’re depressed, or elated. Art is a force that needs to be expressed in any, and all context. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve burned, or destroyed in some manner, pieces that I’ve done. It wasn’t about having a nice painting. It was always about expressing my feelings, and cleansing myself of them through their destruction.

  3. ask art professors how long they waited to make work again after art school, and this comic makes a lot more sense. Some wait as much as six years before resuming their work, and then go on to lead incredibly successful careers. I don’t think the title of artist is as easily granted as many seem to think. I even wonder if it’s worth granting.

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