Creativity's Indigenous Opposite
Being creative can be hard work but it doesn't have to be. Since we as humans are inherently creative we don't need to wrestle with whether or not we are creative but how we can be more informed in our motivations. Expressing creativity can be a challenge to ourself and expressing our creativity can also be challenging to the cultures and sub-cultures with which we engage. As an artist myself, I observed that I would wrestle with choices within a limited understanding that
Sometimes our humanity momentarily makes sense in suggestion and in simplicity. I made this piece, Self-Infliction, in 2011, a double-ended power cord noose, which addresses the power struggle with the self. This piece makes me consider how when we set traps for others we are really only trapping ourself. So then, when we decide to lay traps for others we are really performing to the containment of the self, also known as self sabotage. Self sabotage is a concept that surf
Creativity is complex; it is part of our uniqueness as problem solving human beings. However, creativity does not develop in each individual in the same way. Many times, creativity is misunderstood to be limited to specific disciplines or activities. Logic goes, if I am not good at drawing, for instance, I must not be creative. The truth is that we are all creative whether we are capable of drawing, singing, or performing well. Furthermore, creativity exists in every disc
"PROOF: I am Creative"
As soon as someone finds out that I am an artist for the first time, I become a confessional for those who fear their creative capacity. Often this manifests as a fairly predictable script. Have you ever found yourself or someone you know saying one of the following? "I am not creative." "I wish I was creative." "I am not creatively gifted." "I can't draw or do anything else creative." "My (insert family member) is creative, but it skipped over me!" Hearing these comme