I love artists that care. That are interested in your thoughts and see where you’re exploring, and take the time out to compliment your work- or even better, help critique, or suggest things you wouldn’t have thought of.. Or tell you how your work reminds them of something in their lives. Offering new perspectives. I love it when they find things that remind them of my work and take the time to show me. Or when people think of me when they see certain distinct things in the world. I feel like these things are a tangible success, because this is about impression.
I know that people care when they take some time to walk on my path. And I want to walk with others too. I love it when people actually do the things they dream up and talk about. Because I like to act along with them. And to be one to tell them to continue through with their work when they’re having doubts. I like when there’s a certain amount of inherent reliability to them, though no strict obligation to be so.
And I think that relating to each other in this way is not about attention, supply and demand, or being advantageous; it’s a recognition that maybe we’re all actually traveling in the same direction. That we don’t have to compete with one another. Even more, that we can be greater as a sum than as individuals. Most of the time I view competition as if it’s a conversation where everyone is shouting over each other; arguing, lacking intelligence. We all know that the best conversation is about mutual interests, both speaking and listening, exploring new avenues with the voluntary desire to share time and space. These are the best people to work with, to share life with.