This summer I listened to Liz Gilbert’s new podcast Magic Lessons. One week she would talk to a “normal person” and help them through a creative road block. The next week, she would talk to a famous writer/musician/etc. to gain even more insight for that person’s problem.
Each week gave me an “A-Ha!” moment, but the one that has been bouncing around in my brain for a couple months is the idea of creating art for the sake of creating art. Even when no one else will see it. Especially when no one else will see it.
In today’s share-everything culture, this is a radical idea. An idea that goes against every fiber of my social-media-loving being.
When I make something pretty, I want to Instagram it. When I string words together in my mind, I want to post them to Twitter. When I take a stunning photograph, I want to splash it everywhere.
But creating art just for me is intriguing for many reasons.
-How often do I put something out there based on what I think an audience would like?
-How often do I decide not to pursue something because I don’t see it going viral?
-Am I capable of creating art and letting it just be what it is? Without an audience?
-In this share-everything culture is there anything I am holding onto for myself?
So I’m going to try it. Creating art for myself. But you won’t know about it because I won’t share it anywhere.
My own little secret.
Have you ever created art solely for yourself? How do you feel about the amount of sharing we do in our social-media world?