Keywords: ai art, machine learning, computational creativity, personal reflections
TL;DR: Ethics are complicated when it comes to art, but we have a long history to look back on
Abstract: I intend to make a scientific contribution of my subjective experience as a single unit of self-described ``artist" leveraging artificial intelligence as an assistive visual creation tool, in the hopes that it may provide some inspiration or deeper meaning for fellow artists and computer scientists in this medium. First, I will provide some background on my personal history thus far as an artist. Neither artist nor scientist can exist in a vaccuum, so I then will provide some (albeit a non-exhaustive list of) related work that has helped me contextualize my own work and thinking in this area. I often consider my methods in the creative process chronologically, so I have divided that section according to the loose structure of my artistic workflow. These foundations provide a fertile grounding for discussion around topics of subject matter, reception, community, and ethics. I then conclude with some ideas for future work in the realms of theory of authorship, explainability tooling, and research framing.