Since it’s February, the month of amour, and being the hopeless romantic, it becomes most relevant to speak of love. The love I’m discussing, every true creator is aware of, since it runs and pumps right through our veins, straight into our hearts. This cycle or rhythm creates a kind of totality residing within the passionate artist. It is virtually impossible to sever the strong bond between the artist and their art. It’s a relationship as true and definitive as any other, not to mention a critical one, to be nurtured and revered always. We should show gratitude, for this special gift is one to be shared with the world. To love and be in love with our creativity is super important since it defines and confirms our essence as artists in a very deep and meaningful way.
It is precisely this ongoing passion and respect that drives creativity. Since art is self-expression, each time we engage in the act of creating, we are infusing a piece of our soul within our work, whether it manifested in the forms of visual art, dance, music, theater or the written word. A part of us goes wherever our art does. This is sharing and spreading ourselves in a unique and amazing way. Like sprinkling ones ashes into the sea, you become part of something bigger and greater. It is profound.
Conversely, the connection between the creator and creation is the reason why artists are sometimes so sensitive to criticism. Since the bond is fluid, meaning you are your art and your art is you, the love is intense. When one feels the strength and power of this relationship, it is very easy to view them as one, not two entities. The problematic issue arises when this type of interpretation becomes the only way of seeing, hence the ego can get in the way of clarity and the ability to discern between the art as object and the artist as person. When this occurs, the artist is his or her own worst enemy because they cannot disconnect when it is healthy to.
This beautiful and pure relationship needs to work hard to work well. We can’t get lazy and let things slide, believing that our art will pick up the slack. Also, we can’t be so enmeshed that the relationship has no autonomy and becomes suffocating. We must learn to balance the integral elements that embrace, love, respect and nurture our valuable relationship with our art. By doing so, the perfect mixture of ingredients is realized, making all the difference in this unusual and multi-faceted relationship.
It’s both odd and interesting to think about its special dynamic, yet as you understand it for what it actually is, this can be treated like any other healthy relationship with another human being. That is the challenge and the glory of love. If, in fact, you would like it to flourish and withstand the hands of time, then I believe the Golden Rule “treat others how you would like to be treated.” becomes one of the best rules to live by.
Your art will love you for it.
by Kim Celona
Photo by Kim Celona