By Millicent Sykes
food, shelter, water, transportation, security, health
These are aspects of life which never go away. No matter the amount of money a person has, these factors are necessary components of life. Some people reside in the survival mode through most of their life. The primary focus is on money and escaping the inevitable doom of poverty. In a developed nation, like the United States, living in a constant state of stress associated with not having enough money can alter a person’s emotions, health, and perspective on the future. While this viewpoint could seem depressive and full of distress, many artists have used their current state to create art depicting their emotions and circumstances. One artist I think of is Jean-Michel Basquiat. While I had seen his art before in museums and art textbooks, I did not know the depth of his existence until I saw the movie, “Basquiat.” This gave me insight into the reality of one life of an artist. Seeing the ways in which Jean-Michel used his experiences, thoughts, and emotions as inspiration for his masterpieces, encouraged me to think of how my circumstances can fuel my creativity.
How can you use your current and past life events to spark and sustain your creative expression?