I consistently list being artist as one of my titles in many bios I put out into the world. I don’t do much art, though. I prefer to think of myself as an artist sometimes the way Ariel Gore considers herself a poet in her absolutely excellent memoir “Atlas of a Human Heart”. She calls herself a poet, and her boyfriend asks, “well, do you write poetry?” She answers no. She just believes in it. As if it is a faith, as if poetry is just something that keeps her soul moving.
That’s how I feel about art. Yes, I do create art on a random basis (I’m obsessed with sewing found objects onto paper right now and building collages out of sewn paper), but really I just believe in it. It’s my faith. It is what keeps my soul moving.