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Darya Jandossova Troncoso joins us on the blog today to share an insightful perspective on channeling creativity during difficult times, and why it matters now more than ever. If we’re not creating anything when we’re suffering, there might not be anything tangible to look back upon. Row 1: Olga, Yana Chintsova, Tristan Kromopawiro. Art and creativity is something that unites us all. It spans across continents, generations, and millennia. As humans, we have been fostering our creativity long before we had language, and before we could express ourselves in any other way. Cave paintings, shell beads, and primitive statues morphed over centuries into masterpieces by the likes of Michaelangelo, Mozart, and Charles Dickens. We don’t need to be Italian to marvel at the statue of David, or German to be overtaken by Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, or Russian to be stricken by War and Peace. Art, in its very essence, doesn’t belong to a nation—it belongs to the world and to all of its inhabitants. We’re all united by creativity While creativity means different things to different people, at its core, it’s a form of self-expression. In certain cases, it’s something very guttural and intimate. The creator is speaking to us through imagery or notes, sharing a very personal moment. We might not fully grasp it, but we are certainly aware of it—the revelation of something that normally stays hidden. This shared experience acts as a unifier—the silent understanding which passes between the artist and the viewer. The artist might be long gone, but his art isn’t. A connection between pain and art Creativity can certainly take its toll—and while the debate regarding the suffering genius has finally been put to rest , it’s still hard to look at the art created over the last few hundred years and not see the pain behind it. Our ancestors have been through a lot. Pandemics, wars, oppression, and racial injustice just to name a few. One constant throughout it all has been art and creativity. It never ceased. It never died. The creators died, but their work still lives. Interestingly enough, so much of art and what we call masterpieces today have been created during mass suffering. Interestingly enough, quite a bit of art and what we call masterpieces today have been created during mass suffering. One possible explanation is that when everything is terrible, we feel compelled to create something beautiful and powerful. Art offers an escape from reality—and while this form of escapism isn’t always the healthiest, it is one way of dealing with trauma. In a sense, if we’re not creating anything when we’re suffering, there might not be anything tangible to look back upon. At the same time, capturing what you’re feeling has a cathartic effect and acts as a stress reliever. This bit definitely hasn’t changed. Why creativity matters Art movements ebb and flow. They reflect what’s going on culturally and how people feel about the world and about themselves. Creativity is driven by a variety of reasons, emotions, and feelings. It’s not always meant to express something happy or good—that’s not the sole purpose of art. We need to stay creative in spite of what’s going on around us and because of what’s going on. » Read More
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