"Compulsion" 31.5"x 41"
I am going to take a stab at the age old question, "What drives us, or in more specifically, me, to create?" One of the things that sets man apart from the rest of the animal kingdom is that we are aware of our mortality. Ever since man first marked on a rock with a bloody finger or burnt stick, he was expressing his desire to say" I am here, I exist." No two people are exactly alike, every person that ever lived is a unique individual, but truth be told, we have more commonalities than differences. The need to express those differences or individual uniqueness can be defined as is the "search for self". Individual creativity, however it might be expressed, is the key to its realization and documentation. What I have come to realize in my attempt to define my individuality, is that even though we are each unique, we face very similar experiences, breakthroughs and setbacks in the quest for self realization. In future entries, I intend to document my personal struggle so that I might recognize a pattern, if there is one, and better deal with feelings or beliefs that sometimes can be debilitating and impede the creative progress. If you find some parallels or common threads, feel free to glean what you may.
I would be interested in what drives you to create. Please elaborate.