Creativity + The Art of 'Me'
Creativity's been on my mind a lot lately. Thinking about the kind of life I want to sculpt and craft and [insert your art metaphor here]. Thinking about what new facets of myself I want to get to know. Breathe some life into my full self, not just what I've known and what I'm used to, or what other people are used to from me. Start with a blank canvas in some ways. See what I come up with, or what suppressed dreams or talents re-emerge.
If there's anything bubbling up for you these days... An abandoned talent or wish, or a newly inspired curiosity about what your life would feel like/look like/sound like if you... may you create a space, however big or small, to explore it. Weekly linkage below of some choice artists for inspiration!
I read with one of my favorite musicians Esperanza Spalding (above) on her upcoming album where she's taking a risk to depart from the traditional jazz she's known for, and assuming an alter ego, Emily, who came to her in a dream at a time when she was in somewhat of a creative rut. I love this excerpt on the inspiration behind her next move:
I haven't read artist-activist Molly Crabapple's illustrated memoir Drawing Blood yet, but after hearing her interview on NPR, and seeing some friends share their enjoyment, it's now on my reading list.
If you're dealing with a case of the "shoulds" a lot like I've been, this Tiny Buddha piece, When You Don't Know What You Want Anymore, was a comforting read and had some nice prompts.