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  • Writer's pictureLevi Etherington

The Intersection of Philosophy and Creativity

"Excavation" by James Jean (2009)

As a creative professional, you are no stranger to the power of ideas. Whether you are a visual artist, musician, or videographer, your work is driven by a deep and abiding passion for the creative process. But what if there was a way to deepen your creative work even further by exploring the philosophical ideas that underpin it?

At its core, creativity is a deeply philosophical pursuit. From the earliest days of human history, philosophers have grappled with questions about the nature of art and the creative impulse. What is beauty? What is the purpose of art? What role does creativity play in our lives? These are just a few of the questions that have preoccupied philosophers for centuries.

So, how can you tap into the rich vein of philosophical ideas to enrich your own creative work?

OVM Strata by James Jean 2010

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Explore the relationship between creativity and identity. Who are you as a creative person, and how does that influence the work you produce? What role does your personal history and experiences play in your art? By reflecting on these questions, you can gain deeper insight into the unique vision that drives your creativity.

  2. Consider the role of creativity in shaping culture. How does your work contribute to the cultural conversation, and what impact does it have on the world around you? What values and ideas do you hope to communicate through your art?

  3. Reflect on the nature of beauty and aesthetic experience. What makes something beautiful, and how can you create work that resonates with viewers on a deep and emotional level? By thinking deeply about these questions, you can create work that is both aesthetically pleasing and intellectually engaging.

  4. Explore the relationship between creativity and morality. What ethical considerations should you keep in mind as a creative professional, and how can you create work that is both morally responsible and artistically innovative? By grappling with these questions, you can create work that is both meaningful and impactful.

Untitled Drawing by Miles Johnston 2021

By exploring these and other philosophical ideas, you can deepen your understanding of the creative process and tap into the rich vein of inspiration that philosophy has to offer. So, the next time you sit down to work on a new project, take a few moments to reflect on the philosophical ideas that underpin your creativity. You might be surprised at the insights and inspiration that arise.

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