The Discipline of Art: Artist Spotlight on Marianne Huebner

by Liz McKay

Editor’s Note: Twice-a-week, leading up to our “111: Small Works Show”, gallery manager Liz McKay will introduce to you one artist being featured in this unique show. If you like this article, come out to opening night of “111: The Small Works Show” on April 21st at Gallery 27.

When I tell someone that I am a working artist, they give me a sort of confused look as though they cannot equate creating art with work. It’s no surprise. Living an artist’s life has been romanticized in both history and fiction since man put pen to page. But to be a working artist requires one to have a multidiscipline skill set, to be able to not only create art but to market and promote said art. A working artist often has a full time, non-art based job in addition to (especially for women) making a home and raising a family. All this, and we still make art. We create art because to do otherwise is unimaginable.

Carving time out of your daily life to conceive, experiment, plan and ultimately create art requires personal discipline. Artist Marianne Huebner, a full time art therapist who works with mentally ill adults, utilizes art challenges as a daily practice that enriches her art. Marianne explains her process in her artist statement.

“Recently I accepted a challenge to create a drawing-a- day for 30 days. This provocation of creative output tested my resolve, my ability, and pushed me in ways that were unexpected and often cathartic. I explored why I made art, what it means to be both an artist and an art therapist, how to represent the dualities specific to my experiences, i.e. what is presented outwardly versus what is felt on the inside, as well as the dualities of helping others through the creative process but often neglecting myself. What arrived were these: psychological profiles—a daily visual diary of changing moods and experiences that have outlasted their 30 day inception and have become the accompaniment to the days, weeks and months that have marched on and continue forward. As is true to every day, the experiences shift, expand, change and continue to tell stories unique to me and yet seemingly universal in feeling.”