Yeah, that’s right – anxiety is not only a power tool in the arsenal of artists (though many don’t even realize it!), but it’s the power tool for many artists.
In the illustrious world of art, anxiety is the cordless drill, or maybe the chainsaw, depending on the line of work. Let me count the ways:
Anxiety involves an awareness of all types of possibilities (including the negative ones) – this predisposes us to be creative thinkers, and it becomes much easier to find new ways of perceiving various topics and solving problems.
Anxiety is absolutely fuel for your art – having it not only exposes you to a ton of emotion, but anxiety gives you the actual physical energy to make art happen. (How many of us have stayed up all night working on our masterpieces in an anxious frenzy, forgetting to eat and feed the cat?)
3. A desire to heal
Anxiety instills a desire to heal ourselves because it’s sometimes painful, and we naturally want to heal our pain. Also, experiencing personal pain makes artists more empathetic to the people around them, and they then have a desire to heal others as well. This leads artists to the process of making and sharing art, because of its therapeutic and healing nature.
4. A great eye for beauty
Anxious artists have great eyes for beauty, since they spend so much time exploring the depths and darkness of the human psyche during times of anxiety & depression.
Great art is relatable, and it just so happens that anxiety is most common form of mental illness, affecting 18% of the US population. When artists express their anxious emotions within their work, their work tends to resonate with anyone who also experiences those emotions.
Anxiety gives artists the motivation and incentive to manifest and transpose all of those swirling possibilities into art. The energy must go somewhere, right?
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7. Full of ideas
Racing minds, like those of the typical anxious person, are usually full of ideas. Some of them may be crap, but there’s an abundance of them nonetheless. Artists need great ideas to do great work, and in order for great ideas to come about and be developed, you need to sift through piles and piles of chaos before finding that diamond in the rough.
Though anxiety is not innately painful at its core, having anxiety may sometimes translate to torture, and it turns out that the ‘torture’ in ‘tortured artists’ can be what spurs all of that exceptional art!
I’m not saying that you need to suffer immense abuse or have a mental disorder to produce great art, but being somewhat tortured is certainly a unique vantage point that some artists have over comfortable and content people.
Who needs peace and comfort when you’ve got art?