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Artists and Lumberjacks

Perspectives No. 398

The Tempest, 14 x 18", Watercolor, © J. Hulsey
The Tempest     14 x 18"     Watercolor     J. Hulsey

   We hope everyone is healthy and safe during this extraordinary time. We are taking all sensible precautions here, and believe that the self-isolation guidelines are the best way to make sure that this plague will pass as quickly as possible. As Ann and I were discussing what social isolation would mean for us personally, we suddenly realized that it isn’t really much of a change from how we normally live! We require a certain amount of daily solitude in order to do our creative work, and since we live in the country, away from neighbors, our social interactions are limited anyway. Most of our supplies and other purchases are delivered directly to the house. If we want to see friends or for that matter, people, we have to get in a car and go somewhere else. So, our risk of exposure may be smaller.

   We suspect that many artists may have similar lifestyles as well. One could say that artists are perfectly pre-adapted for isolation, and in this particular case, have survival skills built right into our occupations. In fact, the New York Times just published a graph which ranks vulnerability to the virus by occupation, and artists are ranked as the second safest occupation, right above lumberjacks, who are presumably more conversant with trees than with people on a daily basis. The graph was compiled from a Department of Labor O*Net database, which I note is curiously under-representing the number of employed artists in the U.S. as 11,620. (Perhaps this is part of the reason Washington pays no attention to our constituency!) Be that as it may, we can all be proud of our career choice, both for the creative results and for our “natural” resistance to participation in a pandemic. Pretty darn smart, I think.



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