Monday Sep 08, 2003

The Crucible of Art

Where and how is an artist forged? You—the artist—must be able to answer this question succinctly and clearly for your own self. If not, don’t expect help from anyone else. You are the only one who can supply the answer to this fundamental question.

I don’t mean is an artist born or made. While you may be born an artist doesn’t mean you have discovered that being an artist is your dharma, or purpose in life. There are many distractions.

In the main, family and society follow a program of conformity, a rigid form of unrelenting pressure that does not support the artist and his work. An artist must not only possess talent, he must have the courage to manifest that talent in the world. Without an unbending will to create and continue creating, the artist is lost, and no one can save such a victim from himself. 

As Carl Jung wrote: “The artist’s life cannot be otherwise than full of conflicts, for two forces are at war within him—on the one hand, the common longing for happiness, satisfaction and security in life, and on the other a ruthless passion for creation which may go so far as to override every personal desire. There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of creative fire.”»

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