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Being an artists confronts you with a lot of doubts and struggles. One of the doubts is the one if you actually are an artist. This question is a never-exhausted topic and there a lot of different answers to it from Beuys´ „everyone is an artist“ to art-competitions that require an academic education to be able to apply and therefore define artists in a certain way.
Eventually there are a lot of aspects that decide if you are regarded as an artists and even more that decide if you´ll be issued the (sometimes questionable) blessing of the art market or important art institutions. So you can´t deny the weight of fate and randomness.
People have always been inclined to ask oracles for possible answers to haunting and essential questions. Probably everyone has at least once tried to playfully find out if the person they were in love with would feel the same. „Maßliebchen“ is the outdated term for daisies or marguerites resp. flowers that are usually used to play „He loves me, he loves me not“. It´s often a deeply meaningful question whose answer is quite random through that game. I see some similarities to art and my question of being an artist or not being an artist there, too. So I decided to find out by the flower-oracle. But not without making it also more physically torturing than the usual game by adding stingle nettles to it.
The answer to the question definitely requires patience. What starts easy becomes more and more serious and you have to take the decision if you go on facing the negative aspects or if you decide on the easy game.