Art, Life & Faith Question of the Week #2: How do you define success?

[Y]ou offered a tremendous response to last week’s Art, Life & Faith Question of the Week #1. It created the most comments of any post on this blog’s short history. It was wonderful to read everyone’s insights and encouragement to one another.  (Click here if you missed it!) Thanks to all of you who participated.

Today, I’d like to offer you a question that I hope will provoke a similar response. I believe how you reflect and respond to this question can make a tremendous difference in your life and work as an artist. Here is Question of the Week #2…


As an artist, how do you define success?


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  • techne

    i think a work is successful when it makes a connection – when soemthing in the work addresses or engages with an idea, issue, wound, question that the viewer/ reader carries with them. ultimately, i hope that it will open up a conversation and meditation that will be an opportunity for the holy spirit to form the kingdom inside them and awaken them — and perhaps i might even have the honour of being part of that conversation personally. a
    as for how i personally define success, it’s whether or not i made something that pleases the father – that is well-considered and well-executed. and really, he approves of me regardless. my identity isn’t found in being an artist or in my work, it’s in being his son.

    • Joey O’Connor

      What is the link between spiritual identity and our identity as artists? You bring up a great point Techne, one I hope all artists who are Christ-followers can live from. At the end of the day (and our lives), how much art we’ve created or how famous we’ve become or how miserably we’ve failed really won’t matter. What ultimately matters is walking in loving union with God as his sons and daughters.

      And secondarily, because we do want to create great art, I agree…we do want to make a connection between the viewer and our work. We do want to move people, don’t we? Thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I do wish you great “success” in the best sense of the word.