“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” Andre Gide
It occurred to me recently that throughout that process of creating and building that the people around me, the ones that I chose to share my work with, held me back. By ‘holding me back’ I don’t mean that they shoved words of discouragement down my throat. But, what they did do was plant seeds of suppression and doubt. They did this not to be ugly, of course, but to help.
Most of the help came from being told that I had, “Gone too far” or “That seems a bit extreme, don’t you think?” Now doubt is simply unavoidable, in my opinion. It is a natural part of being a human being. Especially when you are handing the world pieces of your soul, as artists do. But having your creativity suppressed in some way is a damn good way to kill your creativity. Art in any form needs freedom. It thrives on truth. To wrap an artist in a veil of oppression is to inadvertently suffocate the art.
We all know what it’s like when we get in our zones of creativity, don’t we? The almost euphoric possession, the numb feeling of blind movement, of not knowing where your inspiration comes from and to be honest, not really giving a damn. Because as Andre Gide points out, it is a divine experience. And the more you allow other people, especially those who don’t understand, to dictate how you express your divine connection, the more you are a part of the disconnection or block on your gifts.
I’m not saying to completely ignore someone’s opinion. It helps me to bounce ideas off of others and even if they don’t respond to my ideas it helps me by just saying them out loud. What I am saying is that if you know something has to exist, then ignore what everyone has to say and do it anyway. Their opinions be damned.