The romance of being a misfit only takes one part of the way. Living with real joy is is the secret high up on the mountain. Because it is not about being a special human. It is about learning to feel that it is special to be human. From an artistic perspective, it is very easy to get stuck in a phase. The best is to keep moving when one feels too lost or too caught or too sad or too ignored by the rest. To keep growing. To expand one's sense of what creativity can reveal. To feel connected with the mystery within oneself. To view other's successes with warmth is a high and worthy way to be. To look for artists that have light in their eyes and to follow their practices. To me, the artistic path is about becoming natural. It is about becoming oneself in the deep sense. Looking at work in this way, especially in a times like these where superficiality abounds, the person who can keep humanity at the centre of the work is replenished by the fruits of genuine intent all along the road. It gives juice to the deep impulse to create out of respect for existence itself.
Photograph by: Arkady Lifshits