By Carolyn Edlund
Flakey, snobby, dark and brooding. Do these stereotypes make any sense?
I got a huge kick out of the article “Who Art Thou? Artist Stereotypes” by Alexandra Gjurasic on Pyragraph and recommend it as a “must-read” if you suspect you may fit a stereotype or know others who do.
The most prevalent stereotype is that artists are “flakey” which is defined by the Urban Dictionary as:
An unreliable person. A procrastinator. A careless or lazy person. Dishonest and doesn’t keep to their word. They’ll tell you they’re going to do one thing, and never do it. They’ll tell you that they’ll meet you somewhere, and show up an hour late or don’t show up at all.
Hmmm … well, there are plenty of flakey people out there, although they certainly aren’t all artists.
Still, there seems to be a general consensus even in the art community that many artists are a little “out there.” Recently I spoke to a gallery owner who said, “You know, working with artists is like herding cats.”
Would you agree?
Do you dress in a stereotypical artist fashion when meeting your audience? (I’ll admit that back in the day I would wear hand painted clothing and handmade jewelry at art shows myself, not only because it was fun, but because it was “expected” by the attendees. A business suit certainly wouldn’t have cut it.)
What about the “crazy artist” stereotype? An artist I know recently referred to the “woo-woo” community and assured me there were plenty of other artists in it.
Do you “woo-woo?”
Regardless of whether you admit to a little flakiness, or are a hardcore business person who is totally responsible, do you feel stereotyped?