Why is it Called Artwork?

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From Google:
art·work
ˈärtˌwərk/
noun
noun: artwork
  1. illustrations, photographs, or other nontextual material prepared for inclusion in a publication.
    • paintings, drawings, or other artistic works.
      plural noun: artworks
      "a collection of artwork from tribal cultures"

 
I would define it as the finished product of one’s artistic endeavors.
Also from Google:
work
wərk/
verb
1.
be engaged in physical or mental activity in order to achieve a purpose or result, especially in one's job; do work.
 
I can think of no other profession where the final product includes the name of the profession. It reminds me of the quote attributed to Leonardo da Vinci  “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
It also reminds me of my Grandmother’s friend who worked in a soup factory. I have heard the same thing with different food products- “If you knew how *that* was made you would never eat *it* again!”.
Production can messy whether it is a company or an individual. Sometimes the process is ugly and disheartening. The magic is pushing through that and finding that glimmer of hope-that light at the end of the tunnel and working towards it.
Putting my artwork online was a big step for me. I’ve done it enough now, in a variety of places that it is has become easier to put myself out there. Putting my WIP (works in progress) online terrified me. What if the outcome was bad? What if I didn’t finish that piece? All of those things have happened in a short amount of time.
It’s nice to live in an age where the entire process (good, bad and ugly) can be shared. I personally find it refreshing to be able to sneak a peek beyond the glossy surface and see how something is done. It removes some of the mystery and allows all of us to understand what it takes to get to a final product.
Artwork-an aptly named product AND process.

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