Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Crazy Artist Stereotype and Myth

Check out my new post at createmixedmedia. I talk about why we should not reinforce the stereotype of the crazy artist and that mentally healthy people are as creative as those who struggle with their mental health. Enjoy the holidays!


The Creative Beast said...

YES YES YES!!! Karen, thank you for writing so eloquently on this subject. - it's something I've thought of writing about for quite some time but I believe you have hit each and every nail on the head in a way that I could not...

I have grown sick and tired of seeing artists portrayed as the "Mad Genius", as it keeps society at large from exploring their creativity in case they become 'touched by madness', when in fact it's LACK OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION that tends to create depression in people, and the 'crazy' behavior that often goes with it. Having worked with creatives in creative fields (as well as working with office folks) I can say that they may be eccentric, but they are far happier than their counterparts - the office drones behind a desk who often act crazier than artists because they don't exercise their inherent creativity...maybe this is why businessman have the reputation for being 'psychopaths'? They are channeling their creativity in the wrong ways!! ;)

Karen, I love reading your blog and the enlightening insights you share with us here. A very Happy Holiday to you and I look forward to reading and learning more from you in 2012!

Karen Wallace said...

Thank you so much for your response. Hugs Karen


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