Art: A solitary pursuit

Posted: August 10, 2016 in Ramblings of an artist

 

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~Rollo May

There is a common perception that most of the artists are loners or having schizoid personalities.  Is it really so?

Some tasks are best accomplished via solitary pursuits, while others are better suited to team work. The profession of art is one of few where individual creativity is more revered than one’s aptitude for being a “team player’

Even in social life, most of artists appear to keep themselves apart, to the extent of giving an impression of being arrogant and anti-social. They seem disconnected from everyday life. This might be because their perspective of Life itself is usually vastly different, as many creative people are profound thinkers. The depths in which their minds roam at times lead them to solitude. And many of the creative people reach their creative peak when alone.

There’s a correlation between the artistically inclined and the solitary-minded, if only because artistic endeavours of many sorts require one to spend long periods of time alone and absorbed. It’s as much about the relationship between artist and society as it is about personality.

Hemingway mused that happiness in the very intelligent was a rarity. It is true that unfortunate circumstances and harsh conditions can inspire uniquely, and we like to think of artists as tortured souls. This might be because most of the creative people are sensitive with highly developed perceptions. However there are many exceptions to this rule.

I’d say the most essential character trait for success in the arts is an unshakeable work ethic—the very nature of artistic work requires introspection and meditation. This along with being highly sensitive gives an impression of being apart from trodden paths.

Loneliness

 

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