Not a trick question: Are artists' 'employees,' or are they 'independent contractors?' There are reasons why artists may want them to be a little bit of both. Many employers, including artists, prefer to forgo the paperwork and payment of employee taxes.
I recently bumped into Peter Max in a vegetarian restaurant on the Upper West Side of New York City. After a friendly wave, Max invited me over to his table and generously asked if I'd like to share his corn on the cob.
When you really stop to think about it, we are made of stardust -- reassembled in flesh, blood, mind, and spirit on the earth. We enter into the world through love, the greatest emotion in the entire universe, every one of us a unique soul.