This tool is useful for artists of any genre. I created it for visual art students at the university level, but I use it in my creative writing and literature courses.
Art students often consider whether suffering is a necessary part of the artistic process. This diagram helps them consider how attached they are to whether their audience "gets" their message, vs. how clear their artistic message is coming across in their art.
Some questions can go along with it, such as:
Do you think you would be happier if you fell into a different quadrant? How can you change your placement on this diagram?
It might also be interesting to consider where the artists that you admire might fall on the diagram. Of course, this placement is subjective and ever-changing, but it's useful nonetheless for paying attention to the artist/audience relationship in terms of theme.
I've found it really helps me as an instructor as well, because I can give the type of response/critique that is most useful for a particular student.
I hope it helps you!
Artist Audience Relationship Diagram
by Allyson Ritger
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