Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Yet another theory why artists get more action

Beginning a relationship is exciting and followed by, in creative types, a sudden burst of energy and creation that comes out of the joy gained from someone else realizing how fantastic and interesting and great you truly are. It serves as a reminder to one’s inner self that these things are true. It is fuel for the ever burning fires of creation, like throwing a gallon of gasoline on sizzling embers.

But art by nature is against contentment. No great pieces of work have ever been produced while happily snuggled on with someone on a couch, watching a movie. Contentment is a giant productivity sucker, taking away your time in favor of long languid hours of shopping for furniture and eating ice cream. Contentment is the oppressor of the creative urge. It is the great equalizer, the stabilizer of the burning fires. It is low low heat on a stove, keeping things warm but never making them boil. Sure, great songs have been written about being “so happy together.” But most great songs are indeed inspired by the other detrius of love: by the first flutters of the heart; by unrequited love; by jealousy; by separation; desperation; loss.

Also, relationships just take so much goddamn TIME. And who has much of that these days? Especially artists whose gifts generally are not well compensated, artists who may have to hold down day jobs and squeeze the paint onto canvas into the wee hours. Often relationships can even become a source of resentment when people are demanding the time you’d rather be spending on your artistic pursuits.

Meanwhile, breaking away from someone is an aspiration towards a truer self, towards a better understanding of who you are and what you need. It is an assertion of said needs and identity. A reconnecting to the passions that existed before “he” came into the situation. It too is great fuel for creative pursuits, for hours of inspiration in front of easels, computer screens, with guitar in hand.

Therefore, I propose that artists have greater spurts of creativity when their “relationships” are in the beginning and ending phases; and that we are more inclined to appreciate these times and abhor the comfortable complacency of being “so happy together.” Thus we are more likely to have more partners because of this. Bullshit? Maybe. I’m ready to hear more opinions.

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