As an artist, one of the things you need is your artwork. That work may have the potential to sustain you and bring in an income. It's your creative outlet, and it has meaning to you. Even though it may not seem to be valuable monetarily in some cases, art is an asset and may be part of the property division process if you go through a divorce.
When people think about divorce, they often think about who gets the home and child custody if there are minor children. Many people completely forget about one of the most important assets: retirement accounts.