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Art Matters: 03/23/22
Art Matters by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell is a slim volume containing four essays about the creative process. They are: "Credo", "Make Good Art", "Making a Chair", and "On Libraries."
I've had this book since it was first published. I bought it more for the Chris Riddell illustrations. I had finished reading his Ottaline series. I had also recently started following him on Instagram and had seen him publish pieces that eventually became pages in this collection.
Despite all that, it wasn't the right time to read the book. That is until January 1st, 2022. We are entering our second year of life during COVID. The world is in flux and with Omicron spiking and the reality that at least temporarily we'd be on lockdown again, it was finally time.
The essays, though, weren't the uplift I was hoping for the new year. Gaiman describes a world that no longer exists. He describes the chances he took that got him where he is. These tricks won't work for the majority of the readers. They certainly won't work for marginalized artists at the scale they have worked for him.