They say, “beware the injured artist”. I don’t know why and I don’t think that I have ever met an uninjured artist yet. More commonly, they are referred to as the wounded artist. All good artists mine their wounds for inspiration. What you see on the walls will, generally, be drawn from within. Art can communicate where words can fail us, and where normal social interactions cannot do the feelings and passions justice. The artist is not an easy person to live with. He or she may be so consumed with their vision that intimacy and relationships may suffer as a consequence. The injured artist has much to say and pain lies at the heart of it.
We Are Both Individual & Social Creatures
Human beings are animals, are mammals, are big brained monkeys; and we are both individual and social beasts. We can be the chattering chimpanzee and we can be the Steppenwolf. The artist tries to make some semblance of sense of it, not necessarily in rational terms, but, perhaps, something deeper and more right brained. A picture is an expression of the whole. It can be a pattern represented in symbolic form. It can be an image of something recognisable or something completely abstract.
Artists & Healers
Of course, artists do, also, suffer from more prosaic injuries. It may be a strained muscle or tendon from the work itself. It may be an injury caused through juggling the many materials required to render the artistic work. Sculpting can be particularly dangerous, with firing and metalwork being risky activities. Artists and healers, often, have close relationships, perhaps, swapping sessions for pieces of art in lieu of payment. Click here to peruse the website of a fine Balmain healer. A dedicated healthcare professional can make a world of difference to the injured artist.
Healing the Injured Artist
Those of us who are employed in active roles, with physically demanding jobs, whether they be in the arts or elsewhere, know how important it to stay healthy. A speedy recovery is essential, if we are to meet our deadlines and continue to survive in our vocations. The injured artist must by physically healed from his or her debility. Of course, those deeper wounds located at the very soul, are, often, hard to heal, being associated with the artistic bent in the first place. I wish you a rich vein to mine for your artistic expression, and a healer close at hand to keep you on that road to recovery when required.