As an artist, I might have come to a point where I have found that there are limitations to originality. Now, before you get triggered by the word ‘originality’, let me explain.
In modern day, the art scene is filled with many, many artists who are regurgitating events, rules, formalities, and even recreating artworks in the name of creativity. Of course, I have no issues with people using their skills to showcase different techniques or share different perceptions that have inspired that. I truly believe we are at a collective cusp of creativity and the sacral and solar plexus chakra of humanity has opened. More than ever, we have artists and entrepreneurs coming out of their shells and sharing their work. However, if I do know one thing, I know that as an artist, for the Muse to come to you in the purest state of form, you must be Original.
There is a fine line between creativity and originality.
Art for me has allowed me to process the mental, physical, and subconscious limitations of my own human behavior and allowed me to in some way to delve deeper into who I am as a person.
So Where does an artist draw the line?
Creativity, traditionally defined, is making things. It doesn’t have to be original, it doesn’t have to be life changing, or moving. It is just a process of self-expression. If you are alive on this planet, you are using creativity for something and are a creative person.
When I first became serious with my paintings, I started a project, #365daysofart, where I was just creating for the sake of exploration and expression. I created all kinds of paintings. From realistic flowers, dancers, to weird chakra paintings. But something changed in me, I got restless, annoyed, irritated, tiresome of searching for a subject.
I wanted that subject to come to me.
That’s when the Muse came to me and my process of creating art stopped coming from a place of self-expression and started coming from a place of self-discovery. I had begun, as Steven Pressfield says, “The Artist’s Journey”.
The line is drawn with the Muse.
In the Art World, the notion that creativity, originality, and excellence are linked can be a statement of truth, but I much prefer the psychological point of view.
Originality, traditionally defined, is the production of a new idea. It is the relationship between the artist and the muse. What if I told you that ideas are alive? What if I told you that they only come to those that don’t want to be seen for their identity but seen as a conduit of ideas.
If you want to be original, you must start with the muse.
Art, to me, fuses the personal with the collective. It transforms our perceptions of our own self discovery and gives our imagination space to be powerful and free. Art is always Original. Art is always creative. Art is always Adaptive. But it cannot be all these things without the removal of our ego.
Creativity and Self-Expression still gives space for the ego.
Look at Andy Warhol, who although an amazing and very creative artist, just regurgitated ideas to show pure creativity. His famous artworks are not original. But the idea in the art world to not be original, was in fact, original. He came at a time when artists were comparing their artworks with each other and thinking to themselves, ‘I will never be original like those people.’ Competition in the Art World was on the rise. The brightness of creativity and the process of creating needed a little push back into the spotlight.
But self-expression reached a point, where it did not give Andy a sense of satisfaction within his work. He went on to make other paintings, but his expression is the most famous.
Originality and Self-Discovery gives space for the Artist and their ideas.
Look at Leonardo Da Vinci, who was an amazing artist and a thought leader of his time. He expressed his ideas, his muses through his creativity, and they came out original. There is no one else during that time (debate about that one in some forums) that came up with the level of work that he created. Whether he was making the Mona Lisa, Kites, Statues, or writing about spirituality, the man did not stop. He was a conduit for his ideas. He was original. He was in awe of the Muse.
The True Artist knows they are just a conduit.
So, the fine line between originality and creativity is how you are using your mediums. I will tell you and I will tell everyone else until I die, the medium for your work once you are a real artist will be your thoughts. So how are you honoring your thoughts?
I started out with my #365daysofart project and I quickly moved away from that and into developing narrative, honoring my ideas, and developing a collection of work.
And my energy only increased with the level of work I wanted to create. I have more energy given to me by my muses than I have ever had merely expressing myself. I also have confidence, and honestly, I don’t feel like a struggling, in pain, artist. I feel visionary.
The more I study my own ideas, write them down, listen to them, observe them, and even give them what they want, the more fulfilled I feel as an artist, and the more at home I feel with my work.
My Artwork and I have a relationship and that is what makes it original.
It’s all possible once you use art to help discover yourself. What do you think?
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