I was going to put this great quotation, which I found here, over at the top of the sidebar. Decided not to, for two reasons:
First, it deserves more of a spotlight, and second, I still love seeing that Rumi line every time I go over there.
Anyway . . .
“If art is about self, the widely accepted corollary is that making art is about self-expression. And it is – but that is not necessarily all it is. What gets lost in that interpretation is an older sense that art is something you do out in the world, or something you do about the world, or even something you do for the world. The need to make art may not stem solely from the need to express who you are, but from a need to complete a relationship with something outside yourself. As a maker of art you are custodian of issues larger than self.”
– David Bayles and Ted Orland
Art and Fear