Tell us about yourself and your work.
My name is Sam Barsky. I am 42 years old and I was born in DC and I grew up and live in Baltimore. I have been married to my wife Deborah for 13 years and we have no children. I knit jumpers with pictures of nature scenery, famous landmarks, or anything else conceivable.
Where does the inspiration come from?
Anything that crosses my eyes is a possible jumper
Which is the need of your art?
I enjoy knitting these jumpers. I feel a lot of freedom when I can knit something the way I want it without a pattern.
Tell us about your experiences in art fairs, exhibitions and others
I have had my jumpers displayed in quite a number of places over the years, including museums, galleries, cafes, and more.
What does it means the art for you?
When I knit a jumper of any particular object, it is an expression of joy of that particular object. I am showing that it is something I like and some place where I want to be.
What do you think about the art system in your country?
I think the art system in the country is broken. Art tends to be given the short end by society and is undervalued. I personally know lots of people who don’t view what I do as art, or even if they do, they don’t think it’s worth a lot.
Many artists, more than just myself, experience their art being undervalued. Other people want them to provide their art for little or no money. Many artists are told that art is just a hobby and they need “real jobs.” They are told this quite condescendingly. This is a problem.
Reality is, art is priceless. Artists deserve to be paid well for what they produce and to have the opportunity to make a living producing their art.
Visual artists have it the worst. Pop musicians have an avenue with record producers and labels and can give concerts. Actors can get roles in movies. Writers can have their books published. While it is hard for them, at least these options exist. For visual artists, there is no system in place to help.
What is the future of art?
The future of art is poor. If a school has to cut something out of its budget, art is often the first to go. There are few opportunities for creative artists to make a living. Most creative artists are forced to take on other so-called real jobs that they do not necessarily enjoy. It’s time that society make the starving artist a thing of the past and to develop a system to help artists succeed.