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The Artist's Way
Pablo Picasso in his workshop in Antibes in 1946, GETTY IMAGES.
An empty room. A true connection. A journey to obscurity. Friends of RUSSH shed light on all that conjures their creative muse.
Musician, Jack Ladder and the Dreamlanders
Snake in a hole. Writing a song is a lot like catching a snake with your leg. First I bandage myself up so my skin is impenetrable to the bite. This is like learning not to laugh at your own jokes or perfecting wearing sunglasses at night without walking into walls. Once I’ve got that leg wrapped I find a big hole where there could be some hot-snake-action (because as much as humans love songs I have the suspicion that songs love humans too). And so I jam myself in before the thought occurs whether it’s a good idea or not. Shutting down any brain activity that might question the reasoning for catching the snake is imperative to the mission. Drink a beer. Don’t chicken out. Build muscle for this by staring at the ceiling for days on end. Once you’ve got this mastered, anything beyond going to the toilet will seem useful. Now I have my bandaged leg jammed in the snake hole and I feel it sucking my toes. This is the big bang. I have to resist the urge to struggle, just let it work its way up my calf. Deep breathing. I have no idea how long the damn thing is so I’ll stay in this position until I can’t stand it. Letting the python inch up my leg while it attempts to crush my femur. And just when I can’t take any more I call up the band to drag me out in a conga line. Or failing that, use a computer-controlled rigger to pull me to safety, cut that snake open and throw it in the pile for pickling.
Director / Writer
I once had a boyfriend who pointed out to me that I did my best work when I had worked myself into a depressive state. That actually threw me into a depressive state and I wrote a book in about five days. However, that also becomes a habit you need to break, and I think I have now. I will say this: nothing inspires creativity like emotional extremes. The lows make you feel like there is nothing else left except to produce and write. It helps. Another mentor commented that I have to think and mull things over, and then I produce at lightning speed in a burst of manic energy. I think this is completely true. I’m so immediate and everything inspires me – really. Usually I have one or two images in my head and that gives me the focus to keep coming back to this image (if I’m doing an ad or a treatment or a script). I can usually link things to one reference and often that’s a version of the first idea I have. I suppose I’m very instinctual like that (or maybe just stubborn). I feel like curiosity inspires me, there is no amount of knowledge that is enough – I always want to know more. That sums up the creative process – total self-doubt intersected with wild, unabashed confidence.
For me the creative process is constant. Observing everything around me and absorbing all of the details. Eventually those details bubble up into something more; usually when you least expect it. Nothing inspires me more than art and the gallery environment. Seeing new works often makes me question my perception and helps me evolve creatively. My creative space is a place of order. For me it’s just as important to have the preparation, as well as the tools, before anything more can begin. Each time that I create, my process is usually completely different. For me creativity is a random process, that is what makes it special and unexpected.