With our series “An artist´s life.” we want to share the stories of the people behind the art.
“An artist´s life.”
The stories of the people behind the art
#9 Lillie Bernie
As a multimedia abstract painter, together with working as a model for the past 8 years, I have been intimidated and demeaned by many professionals when entering the world of art. The behaviours I have encountered has left me feeling discouraged and intimidated – solely on the fact of my previous profession.
On a reoccurring basis I am told ‘You will never be taken seriously as an artist because you’re a model’. This barrier to entry of art is elitist, unwelcoming and close-minded. It’s the gateway I cant cross, and at times I struggle to cope.
Entering the art world as an emerging artist is extremely difficult. Its all about who you know, not what you know. The rejection from galleries is continuous, as they strive for already established artists that they are certain they can make money from. Speaking to other artists and art dealers, I was excited with the opportunity which was upon me.
However, on multiple occasions during meetings I’ve been hit on, and made to feel that without me being there, my work is insignificant.
Modelling has not only taught me how to be independent, but also how to deal with the False promises, backstabbers and sharks that are both in the fashion and art world. I feel grateful that I am able to support myself as an artist through modelling. Why should I be made to feel ashamed!? It never occurred to me that I could be objectified in the same way as I am in fashion.
The power shift of social media allows individuals the ability to showcase work and their personal unique style which the art industry has never been exposed too. You only have to look at ‘The Unit’ gallery in London and Avant Arte to see proof of business in art that were built from social media. For me, I feel that using social media is the only way I can direct both of my careers in the way which I want. It gives me the freedom to connect with my audience, and present the image of who I am not who someone else is telling me to be.
There is no reason why one should be denied the ability of two creative passions. I was once told, ‘it’s not you who chooses to be an artist, being an artist chooses you’ and I couldn’t agree more.