Fanning the Flames
The Shadow Knows...
When we think of art or creativity, we tend to think of light, goodness, beauty, and things labeled "positive." Yet, quite a bit of famous art shows us that creativity is a completely valid outlet for expressing things society deems "negative." It can be a healthier way to vent, to express, even to process. Whether it's under treatment and psychoanalysis like Jackson Pollack in the above painting or just writing to vent how frustrated you are with things in your daily life, creativity is also your tool. Allowing your "darker side" to create is just as valid as painting happy little trees or singing perky songs.
Before my mother passed, she had shingles. None of the pain medications worked. It was worse at night. She expressed her frustration and anger and pain in an art journal that I still have. It's hard to see those pages. They're full of angry strokes, blurred shapes, terrible dark colors... But it helped her. The pouring of the negativity into the creativity eased her mind where her nerves found no surcease. I treasure that book now. It was Mom, but it was also Mom at her purest, rawest, and most honest emotion. It let me know a side of her I might not otherwise have seen.
It also doesn't have to be terrible to be helpful. I went through the stereotypical crushes in high school and that angsty "emo" poetry (from the 80's when we just called it "moping") is some of the worst stuff I've ever written. I look back on it now and laugh at how bad it was, how cheesy and trite. But at the time, it helped me deal with my understanding emotions. I also saw how it helped improve my writing in the long run with just the practice alone. I write far better poetry today because I went through that phase and expressed myself in poems.
Just watching the news or reading online can be very emotional lately. Sorrow, frustration, anger, outrage, sympathy, shock, fear, we've all been hammered with it. If it feels like too much. if you don't know where to turn, I encourage you to healthily express those feelings through your creativity. You don't have to show the results to anyone and you don't even have to like it. You can even destroy it when you're done if that helps. But let it work for you and be a safe outlet. It's okay and you are NOT alone. I do it too. If you don't want to create on your own, join me in the Around the Hearth sessions listed below for a non-judgemental safe space and time.
If you are having problems for ANY reason, I also encourage you to speak to an anonymous help line. They are there for you, they're always confidential, and there's one for any need you can think of. Reach out, someone will be there to listen.
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Fanning the Flames, copyright 2019 Meghan O'Connor, all rights reserved.
Painting, Jackson Pollock - Full Fathom Five, 1947 - Oil on canvas with nails, tacks, buttons, key, coins, cigarettes, matches, etc. 50 7/8 x 30 1/8 in, © 2017 Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
*The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)© by Jill Badonsky
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