In my interview with Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D. – titled The Psychology of Creativity: redeeming our inner demons – he commented “Creativity is one of humankind’s healthiest inclinations, one of our greatest attributes.”

He declares in his book, “Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence, Evil, and Creativity” that our impulse to be creative “can be understood to some degree as the subjective struggle to give form, structure and constructive expression to inner and outer chaos and conflict.

“It can also be one of the most dynamic methods of meeting and redeeming one’s devils and demons.”

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Painter Amadea Bailey refers to that idea in her thoughtful Artist Statement. Here is an excerpt:

“I paint as an explorer going on a journey. I disappear into the unknown and dig for what will unravel and reveal itself: new images, new relationships, new ways of moving paint…

“I am a deeply physical person. I love movement. In addition to painting, I run, surf, and dance. I paint on a large scale so I can feel my body moving across a big field….

“I thrive making order out of chaos.

“I love taking the irrational world of my emotions, hopes, fears, dreams, desires and idiosyncrasies and sculpting and re-arranging them in myriad ways until order is found.

“And paradoxically in this process my mind becomes still. I open myself up to something much bigger than myself…”

From her site

Video: Halle Berry and others on appreciating Bailey’s art

Also see Bailey’s testimonial video about how her art and career have benefited from the smARTist Telesummit programs – in the post Enhancing your art and career as artist entrepreneur.


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