with host artist Miriam Schulman
Many artists credit their work as a way to manage or deal with anxiety, depression and other forms of mental illness. Since October is Mental Health Awareness month, I wanted to share the stories of artists who found a way to deal with their illness by creating art.
In this podcast, you will discover…
Yayoi Kusama and Confronting Anxiety
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is known for her polka-dot art. She has been open about her mental health and shred that art has become her way to express her mental problems. In her words “I fight pain, anxiety, and fear every day, and the only method I have found that relieved my illness is to keep creating art.”
I feature her in my upcoming book Artpreneur when I talk about embracing your inner weirdo. Many artists suffer from anxiety and it’s one of the reasons that I have mental health experts on the podcast.
Edvard Munch and The Scream
Edvard Much painted the scream a few years after his father passed away. He shared that the weight of the world had suddenly hit him. Growing up he was surrounded by death and depression and himself suffered with mental illness himself.
He said, “art comes from joy and pain, but mostly from pain.” I can relate to this. Maybe the art comes from pain, but it brings me great joy. Do you feel that way too?
Artist Agnes Martin and Mental Illness
Agnes Martin painted in a minimalist style but considered herself an part of the abstract expressionist movement. She suffered from hallucinations, depression and was often hospitalized and eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia.
She used subtle color and meticulously drawn grids to create a calming effect. About her work she said “art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings.
Her work is also part of the Paul Allen billion-dollar art action at Christies later this month.
Abstract Artist Mark Rothko on Overcoming Sorrow
Rothko’s striking color combinations are meant to be meditations. He wanted to create art church’s where people could look at art and pray.
He said “I’m interested only in expressing basic human emotions and the fact that lots of people break down and cry when confronted with my pictures shows that I communicate those basic emotions. The people who weep before my pictures are having the same religious experience that I had when I painted them.
Art has a spiritual effect on me. Does it affect you that way too?
Artist Paul Klee on Relieving Stress
Klee was a multi passionate artist who studied art and the violin. He was in his 30’s before he focused on his art career. Even then, he changed his style often to defy categorization.
He believed that creativity comes from beyond consciousness and that making art was a form of mediation. He said, “I paint in order not to cry.”
About the host, Miriam Schulman
In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion or become better artists. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.
After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity is scheduled for release on January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies
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