Maybe our paintings will remain hung on gallery walls, with nothing but our signature mark and a few biographical words, to inspire a new generation of artists.
Perhaps our tunes will be carried long after we have been forgotten, and the peace we felt while crafting them will be felt in those who carry it from lip to lip, string to string, and beat to beat.
Could be that our writing will inspire great people to take to a cause, entertain, or inform. As our stories and poems are published, again and again, over the course of centuries.
For these reasons, we artists fret over the details. Because we want our art to outlive us, and take on a life of its own. We don't strive to create a piece of art, we strive to create a message, a vision, an emotion, or an ideal.
While we live, we may do interviews to explain what a certain piece of art means, but when we are no longer alive to speak, will our art give the same explanation?
Good art will continue to tell the same story, evoke the same emotion, and inspire, all on its own.
(Here at HMZ, our editors pass your submissions on to our judges without your name or biography attached. All the judges see is your art standing on its own, no race, sex, age, pedigree, explanation, or other such superficiality to cloud its meaning.
Your art. Yours! Taking on a life of its own.)