It’s a heavy question. I typically preface these types of statements with “I think” or “I feel” in order to avoid making any general statements. Let’s assume that all the following statements have those prefacing them.
The responsibility of the artist is to have hope. Regardless of medium or conceptual underpinnings, the artist should have a sense of hope. Maybe that hope is social. Maybe it’s challenging the media. Is this hope essential in making contemporary work? Work that creates a new future or perception for the medium and it’s relationship to the audience? In my practice, I want to be inspiring hope that we can return back to relationships mediated without technology. Life is so dependent on it now. It’s convenient, yes. There’s no arguing that aspect. The easy access to knowledge is amazing. How have these advancements affected our personal relationships? The one-on-one moment?
The artist must have hope for themselves and society. We’ve all faced rejection. As an artist, it becomes part of your daily life. For every acceptance, grant, award...there’s 20 more you applied for and didn’t receive. One has to have a sense of personal hope to continue making despite these rejections.
In the grandest sense, artists have hope that all people's "pure" endeavors can alter the current course of society.