Sometimes I hear about competition in the art world. Yes, I understand that if a person is looking to commission an artist and they only want one but three offer the service, then there will be an element of competition. However, for most of us, we're not really in that ball game. We can always make it known that we will offer services, but generally, an artist is chosen because their products speak to the customer for personal reasons. We can't crunch the data on why this individual likes our work, they just do. Competing as an artist means we lose focus on what we are truly about because our thoughts are tainted with the work of other artists. The only way to take inspiration and not competition is to allow the work to be a muse but not something to better or stamp out. If you're looking to stamp out another artist then in my opinion you really are in the wrong job. We make art because the world benefits from it, not because it is ours. The ego is no artist, but it can be tricked into thinking it is when we lose sight of what we are about.
Reflecting what others do in positive ways without hindering their own projects is a skill but one which we all have, because in truth, we tend to choose art because we were once inspired by it, or someone who makes it. We can't afford to lose that respect and honour for the work of others, and in a business setting, this doesn't compute. Art and business are tricky ingredients when in the same cake. Something that is vital is to be unique, so by choosing subjects and methods which go against the grain of other artists is a great way of ensuring we do not get in each other's way, and of course, collaborations are always a great way of spreading the word for all involved.
I'd like art to be non-competitive and more about exploring self through expression, as we all know that some have the luxury of time, others money, others a big group, some of us can only work on it on Sundays. Advantages and disadvantages lay all around us, and because of the nature of creative expression, time is as long as it needs to be, we cannot portion our work up into shifts or hours as we just don't really know until we are done. Working together to enrich our culture with diverse, interesting, and emotive material for us all to enjoy ought to be a team effort, and each player is working for the same goal. Working together in silence perhaps, keeping our eyes on the direction we are taking and lining it up to point to truth from where we are standing is the only real line of inquiry we have.