Wednesday, January 16, 2008

letter in response to creativity depression link question...

People in the line of fire tend to have a lot to deal with...Psychology has demonstrated that expressing those conflicts is therapeutic...Creatives are just expressing what is around them...They also tend to be the kind of people who like to get involved, to participate in political change...this brings them in the line of fire...so why do creatives so often display emotional problems ? Because they participate fully in their lives, allowing themselves to get involved in the troubles of others...that's probably the title of my next book, 'the troubles of others' , just kidding...I was working on a snappy quote recently, ' if life is what happens while you are making plans, then art is what happens while you are making that life...' Well, anyway...I see artists as having alot of plans to do one thing or another & becoming overwhelmed with what they see as problems, either their own or around them & feel the need to express that...of course artists often express great beauty & nobility...but no one ever talks about that, not a good media sound-bite...with the bad comes the good...here is another topic...why are creatives so unbelievably happy & joyful & sane & optimistic ? See, it is all about the author's perspective...Which says to me that the people writing & producing all these artist tragedies are really to blame...jealousy or competitiveness perhaps ? Truthfully creatives just emote out loud in great range...so we hear them louder...everyone else is depressed & screwed up, we just don't hear them...hope this helped...

2 comments:

Shea said...

I'm reading a book that I think you would like right now, here it is
Pandora's Daughter by Iris Johansen

grovecanada said...

thank you...truth be told, I feel that visionaries just have excellent memories & that everything is cyclical...Sometimes I freak out gallery owners with predictive paintings, but honestly it is because I have always kept my ear to the ground & tend to notice things more than most who are hurrying to work...I did a painting before the big Tsunami, in a gallery & left it there for the holidays...(a demonstration piece)...in the interim the tsunami happened...When I returned in January, my gallery was totally freaked out...but I knew...before the disaster I sensed the same kind of weather climactic turmoil that I had while skiing in Colorado, Aspen when I was 14 (25 years before)...sort of an avalanche...I was painting that memory because I was feeling that same sense of foreboding, like an avalanche was about to happen...so it was just memory...good, long term memory...(the book sort of leaves visionaries in a class I do not like for myself...keep me on firm logical ground...it is safer...)thanks for writing...