Creativity: Artists Scrapbook 8

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”


Well, I love green, Nirvana, flowers, seahorses, poetry…also pink, and Jesus images, amongst other things. And string. Mustn’t forget string…as23as24

Tucked inside a receipt for Nevermind is a paragraph about the poet Robert Graves, and his ideas on poetry, poets and creativity. The poet, he says, is not responsible for the poem – the poem itself comes from another place. The poet is taking dictation from the goddess as muse, and the poet’s job is to become a clear channel for the poetry to come through. So, says Graves, poets must not take responsibility for their work, since it comes from the goddess herself. I wonder if he would say the same for all forms of creative endeavour?

The child in the old photo is me- aged about two, I think, and running as wild and free as a small child should.as25On the reverse of that page, I stuck a timetable from the Big Day Out in Melbourne. I’m not sure of the year, but Coldplay played at 2.30 in the afternoon, so it’s been quite a while…I made a pocket with a photo of a rose (Fragrant Cloud, originally released as Duftwolke) printed on vellum, and tucked a photocopied photo inside. There are tiny images of 3 “Kurt shirts” cut out of the back pages of a music mag glued on the top right hand corner of the timetable – like a postage stamp.

More next week!