Does Art = Survival?

An Existential Crisis

After Katrina happened I struggled with the question:
What is the point of making art? It is useless…
~ self-indulgent & superfluous
~ how can my art help rebuild people’s lives?
~ how will it help give them shelter or put food on their tables?

These big beautiful paintings I’m making can only be enjoyed by those who go to galleries & museums ~ they [art patrons] certainly aren’t in need of help. They’re not facing a crisis of survival & the utter decimation of their lives
Why aren’t they doing more to help the people who are struggling here?

After 3 days of holding space for people to tell their stories about how contractors are screwing them over, they can’t get back to NOLA because they’ve lost their homes; their stories of rape, violence, illness, neglect, and death was happening all around them…

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