Anything done in excess can be harmful to us. Today, let’s look at the dark sides of being an artist.
Hello friends. I hope you are enjoying this summer and staying inside. Very soon, things will be ok. I would like to believe this.
In the last article, you read about the benefits of creativity in your life. Today, I will let you know some dark facts about being an artist. Everything has a dark phase around it. However, the problem is we just want to see the positive aspects. Nobody cares what darkness might be behind the glossy shiny things in the world.
Do you know spending a lot of time in being creative often leads you to aloneness, mental illness, depression, and social anxiety? Creativity is a medicine one should take in moderation. Don’t overdose it, don’t underdose it.
There were many great artists who lived a life close to hell despite being rich and famous. Few examples are Ernest Hemingway, Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh, Sylvia Path, Amy Winehouse, etc.
Some real-life examples
Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear after an argument with his friend Paul Gauguin, and later killed himself, swayed heavily between genius and madness.
Sylvia Plath famously took her own life by sticking her head in an oven while her two children slept. Charles Dickens, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill all appeared to suffer from clinical depression. So too did Ernest Hemingway, Leo Tolstoy, and Virginia Woolf.
“Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well, I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real & I guess you could say I have a call.” By Sylvia Plath
Creative people usually have a high number of mood disorders. A study found that people working in creative fields, including dancers, photographers, and authors, were 8% more likely to live with bipolar disorder. Psychologists have established a link between mental illness and creativity, but they are still piecing together the mechanisms that underlie it.
It’s strange that the art which helps people in fighting depression also leads some artists into depression. But that happens only when you are being aggressive in your art.
If you are a professional artist, make sure to understand yourself and your art too. However they say, when you understand things too much, you lose the madness which is required to become an artist. So, it’s a see-saw game. The same art can take you to up to the sky and this same art can also take you to the grounds.
The blog is not meant to scare you, just highlight some things that I knew about these artists. Being an artist myself, I would like to say that, I am not only a writer but manage a healthy life besides writing. I have a job, home chores, spend a good amount of time with family and friends.
I do not give more than a fixed amount of time for writing or reading. Because besides being a writer, I want to be a daughter, sister, lover, friend, and many other things too.
Thank you for reading!
See you next Sunday.