“Photorealism, Hirst said, was the artistic answer to a world bombarded by images that meant everything and nothing. “When you look through a newspaper you think you are having this whole relationship with the whole world. You really think you are going into people’s lives with these images and you’re not at all, you’ve got no idea,” he said. “The way those images work, if you can get that into a painting that would be brilliant.”—2005 damien hirst article
Epstein: When children are very young, they all express creativity, but by the end of the first grade, very few do so. This is because of socialization. They learn in school to stay on task and to stop daydreaming and asking silly questions. As a result, the expression of new ideas is largely shut down. We end up leaving creative expression to the misfits—the people who can’t be socialized. It’s a tragedy.
I seem to remember missing a lot of school early on and my best friend was 4 years older than I was. In school my social life wasn’t as social as it could’ve been. Also, my parents divorced around this time which makes me positive that my mind was elsewhere in class and I’ve continued to day dream since.
Cameron: I sometimes ask people to list 10 traits they think artists have. They say things like “artists are broke,” “artists are crazy,” “artists are drug-addicted” and “artists are drunk.” Doesn’t this make you want to rush right out and become an artist? We have a mythology in America around creativity that’s very, very negative. As a result, when young people tell their parents, “I’d love to be a writer,” their parents respond, “Oh, darling, don’t you think you might need something to fall back on?” We’re also trained to believe that some people are born knowing they’re artists and that they are the “real” artists, the ones who give us the Big C creativity. In other words, we have a mythology about artistry that tends to be very daunting.
I’m a strong believer that if an artist doesn’t have one of the mythological traits that artists seem to have then they’re simply not an artist. Oscar Wilde has stated that, “No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist” and that is the simple truth.
Houtz: The creative individual thinks of failure as a new opportunity: “Okay, why did I fail? What was wrong? Let me try to do something else. Let me go forward with it.”
This is true as well. However, it doesn’t mean failure doesn’t greatly affect our lives and feelings. Out of the ashes a phoenix can sometimes be born. But only after hours and hours of despair.
The article goes on to discuss everyone’s creative potential (which I agree is possible) and the fact that creative thought some times has to be sought after and several famous techniques that Dali and Edison used. Good Read.