The Value of Art Making-How Shame and Stigma Hold Back Creatives
by Lee Down

Artists have always been subject to stigmas and social pressure. In Ancient Greece, Herodotus dismissed master craftsmen and artists as “mechanics.” In the Middle Ages, art was rife with censorship and confined to religious settings for monasteries, manuscripts, and mosaics. In the Romantic period, artists and poets like William Blake were simply considered mad. However, …