In class we talked about the components of genius...this tied with the topic of the week very ironically to me. Egocentric artists are a real problem as we see that the up-and-coming artists are basically in it for the fame and money that comes along with their talents. Talent is probably the best word for the ones that use their skill set to make profit off of it while the ones with the GIFT use it to take their style and revolutionize the way we (the general audience) views it. By using their genius to change lives and viewpoints, pay should be irrelevant, as the master motive should be forever the way their audience views their work. If they use their genius to produce a work of art that is reproduced for hundreds of years, or viewed and protected, then they probably lived the right way and used their gift in the right sense. If an artist says they are genius, however, it creates a stir and makes others stereotype what genius is. So then what exactly is genius? Is it ability, is it knowledge, is it a way of life? Can someone be a genius if it is a conscious thing for them, or rather, is in an unconscious reality that comes about from their style of artwork? I would personally like to think that it is all unconscious, but you never really know with artists these days.
This quote made me laugh thinking about artists that say they are in touch with genius:
“I'm a misunderstood genius."
"Nobody thinks I'm a genius.”