Are creativity and isolation inexorably linked?
For all the myth and fantasy that surrounds the creative world, one pervasive image is that of the creative genius – a visionary and ingenious individual who sits outside society in their own world of awareness and insight. Often this figure is seen as alone, working away in their own creative world, detached from conventions, expectations or responsibilities. Isolation, it seems is the natural habitat of the creative. Just picture Mozart’s own process, which he described in 1815 in a letter to Germany’s General Music Journal:
When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer; say travelling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. All this fires my soul, and provide I am not disturbed, my subject enlarges itself, becomes methodized and defined, and the whole, though it be long, stands almost finished and complete in my mind, so that I can survey it, like a fine picture or a beautiful state, at a glance…
So, with the world of isolation and separation, we all are faced with now, a creative tsunami could be building under the surface, the rumble of culture ready to break forth. While I hope this is happening, I feel we are missing the one component that makes so much creativity valuable and meaningful – you, the audience.
Creativity is at its foundation about communication, about sharing and connecting, telling our stories and seeing how people respond and engage with them, but without the ‘telling’ who is the creativity for?
I know the Cultural Development Team and staff of the WPCC are missing our audiences, missing those who come and spend time with us to learn, have fun or get their culture hit. Still, we also feel for the creative people in our community, those who put their heart and soul into creating art, film, music and they aren’t able to share that with you at the moment. So my challenge to you is to seek out your creative community online or let us here know what creative things you are trying to share, and we can help to get the word out! Let’s create an audience for the creativity that is still happening!
While there might be mysticism and poetry around the artist as outsider, creativity's great reward comes from sharing and connecting in overcoming isolation.
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Cultural Development Coordinator, Dubbo Regional Council
When I was a teen I sung in a cathedral choir. Of what we were singing, it was the Anglican chanted psalms that were the most interesting for me and the manner that un-metrical texts were matched with simple melodies. The Miserere composed by Gregorio Allegri, although Catholic, is an example of the chanted psalm and a piece of music that I am particularly drawn to and one that I have sung myself. Two small choirs sing in a call and response style and then come together to sing their lines but each maintain an independent melody that I get drawn along with. The wandering chant and the echoes of the church/cathedral environment add to the mystique. It is beautiful. “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” Plato
Unlimited Radiance is a work that makes me feel at ease and at home; having seen it on show at the WPCC as part of Primavera at 25: MCA Collection in 2018. At the time I had recently moved to the Dubbo Region to taken on the role of Assistant Curator and after a few months of being out here I began feeling home sick and second guessing my decision to move here and was half tempted to pack up my things and moved back. But upon seeing this work installed in the gallery space, mesmerised by the flickering of the sequins it took me back to the summers of my childhood which were spent at beach with my family and in that instant I knew in my gut that I was where I needed to be and to keep on going.
CHECK OUT THE WORK HERE: https://www.mca.com.au/artists-works/works/2006.24A-LLL/
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Taking time out to create and spend time as a family is an important aid in building resilience and positivity. Over the coming weeks the WPCC will be sharing resources to give you ideas to spend creative time together.
Here is one to get your creative juices flowing…