Isn’t Creating Weird?
In which I talk about creativity and creating with 3D printing, bananas, and books.
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Keisuke Yamada banana artist: website is down, but find more of his work and his twitter handle HERE
Creativity is a strange and beautiful thing
initially a mechanism to help us problem solve to help a person survive, and to pass on stories- to help us learn about what to avoid, which leads to increased survival.
But what does a creative brain do when the message about the poison berry is passed on? It doesn’t stop creating. And then suddenly the stories get more elaborate and you have berry demons, that lurk in the bushes and poison perfectly good berries, and then things to slay said demons, and paintings of said demons, and more stories, and eventually you get daggers, axes, jewellery, and Harry Potter.
It’s amazing though how far that impulse to create has gone, sometimes we can’t even tell when art is art or just a practical joke. Like the Pineapple that was left behind in an art gallery as a practical joke, and ended up being put on display in a glass case.
I suppose once the creative mind has done telling you the story of the berry that makes you sicken and die, it can’t just switch off.
The only off switch seems to be when you are given a task and a deadline.
Our creative abilities can be turned to almost any medium, and there always more tools being created to aid the creative mind. Such as 3D printing, which spurned the 3D printed shells for hermit crabs by Japanese artist Aki Inomata.
You can find sculptures carved out of books (which although pretty, I frankly see as bookicide).
We live in an amazing age for creativity, and it’s no wonder that we get carried away sometimes, but the line between creative genius, and something utterly laughable seems to be a fine one.
For instance, you hear of banana sculptures and scoff, and then you see them. Seriously, look up banana sculptures.
As to why I create, I have absolutely no idea.
I get ideas, and then I need to get them out. Sometimes I have to follow through with an idea, and sometimes I just have to get the idea onto paper. Otherwise, it will not leave me alone.
I don’t have a deep-seated something I need to work out, and only creating will do, in fact, I struggle to create when I’m in a bad frame of mind. I’m pleased about that too because other people I have spoken to can only create when they’re in a bad place.
I couldn’t imagine not creating something, I tend to feel unhappy if I go any length of time without. It’s something that I feel could never be taken away from me, even if the ideas only ever play themselves out in my brain and I’m the only audience. I can still create something.
What do you like to create, and why? Let me know in the comments below.
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