I have always considered myself a creative person. From a very early age I have been told I was talented and my journey up to now has been an ever evolving road to develop my craft. But is it all a lie; a myth, forced into existence purely because we truly don’t understand where creativity comes from.
For the majority of people creativity is linked to the arts; the ability to produce something new and valuable whether that is a painting, a musical composition, a dramatized interpretation, a literary work. The ability to create is often seen as being creative. It is whether that ability derives from an inherited talent, is something that is learnt or in fact just exists. This is what makes the subject so vastly popular and as equally complicated.
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso
In this TED talk, Ken Robinson, brings up a point that I feel is extremely significant when it comes to creativity and where it derives from. He brings up a quote from Pablo Picasso that really makes you think about the origin of creativity. All children are creative, they play, they invent, and they take chances and somewhere down the line that is lost. Where that be by the education system, by parenting or purely by the environment they are growing up in there is a point in which the creativity in said person diminishes. I, myself, have always been encouraged to be creative. So maybe that’s why now I can call myself a creative person; I haven’t been educated out of it. But this doesn’t mean I am necessary talented, more a reflection of my upbringing.
Looking into other concepts behind creativity I found an article by Dr Larry Dossey, a Physician of internal medicine, whereby he talks about the idea that creativity comes from the ability to put together information to create new ideas etc. but the source of that information being from the “One Mind”. The Source, the Absolute, God, Goddess, Allah, Universe, the One Mind is seen a domain of consciousness that is nonlocal or infinite in space and time, in which all information resides. This theory means that everybody is linked and to be creative is the ability to link and create new information, not just from personal experience but from the experience of everybody.
I really like this concept, also described by Elizabeth Gilbert in her TED talk, as it looks at the origin of creativity at a different angle than most and although seems like a new idea, in fact, has been taught through religion and some sciences throughout history. It has not only made me question my belief on what creativity is but has opened my eyes to how vastly complex the question actually is. To ask the origin of creativity is almost as difficult as to ask the origin of the universe. We just don’t know. But I believe that as long as you stay open and fresh to new ideas and information and apply your understanding of this knowledge to your life, consciously or not, you are creative. Therefore it is no more myth, talent or craft than it is all three.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, the just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while” – Steve Jobs
I am Elliott Pacel, a Technical Artist at Reflections, Ubisoft.