"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."
~ Michael Angelo
- The sculptor chisels away excess layer to reveal the essence of the stone.
- The painter adds layers of colors to create the vision she sees on an empty of canvas.
- The author uses words to create characters who will lead you to a journey filled with twist and turns.
- The musician strikes several chords moving you to sway with the rhythm and the beat.
- The potter molds wet clay to form an object for your use or display.
- The baker adds layers of ingredients to create a tasty feast.
These are just a few examples of artists who create something out of nothing and stimulate people’s five senses, emotions, and their soul. Other artists include photographers, graphic artists, metalworkers, woodworkers, paper crafters, glass crafters and performing artists. The artist in you desire to create and place your unique signature in everything you do.
Your motivational force energy: to be original in what you create.
- As an artist you are not only creative but visionary.
- You see beauty everywhere and see things other people cannot.
- You have the ability to think abstractly.
- You understand depth and dimension. Such as the painter using different shades of color, musicians using different notes to create sophistication of the sound of an instrument, or chefs using different ingredients to create aroma and flavor
- You can be extremely focused.
- Creates something out of nothing/original
- Desire to develop and learn techniques and processes
- Explore and try new different medias
- Researches and learn outside your studio
- Collaborate and offer constructive critique
- Use art as form of self-expression
- Reflect and communicate your view on society and cultural norms
- Use art to influence societal growth and development
Artist’s/Creator’s Inner Shadow:
Carl Jung, describes “shadow” as the dark side of the personality. But to be clear, this means the “hidden” aspects that lies in your unconscious. According to Jung’s theory, you distance or hide those behaviors, emotions, and thoughts you may find unacceptable to your own values or moral code. Not only unacceptable to yourself but to society’s cultural norms and values.
Distancing or rather suppressing any aspect of yourself creates the shadows. For you as the artist, what could be more dangerous than to create something unique but viewed only as ordinary by others?
The challenges: Motivated by your desire to express your uniqueness, your greatest fear and challenge is the failure to execute or be rejected. Will rejection cause you to see yourself as a failure or ordinary? Can you overcome the humiliation and break the need for not being acknowledged, accepted, or praised for your work? Will you cease to continue and become resentful? How will you handle your emotions as you see another person succeed in their work?
- creativity block
- Lack confidence or arrogant
- Perfectionism and difficulty knowing when to lay down your tool and be “done”.
Light- Empowering Attributes
- Self-expression leads to be vulnerable
- Creative and see beauty in the ordinary
- Seeks to improve and develop
- Engage in reflection
- Sees Beauty and potential
- Will continue on despite criticisms or if appears pointless to others
The Lessons for the Artist/Creator:
Jung identified the Artist as one of the 12 archetypes that resides in everyone. Even if you don’t feel like you have an artistic bone in your body are you not the author of your own life? Here are the lessons you can learn from the Artist archetype:
Appreciate your work, let go of the need to be acknowledged, and continue to develop your skills and thereby improve your self-esteem. Learn to manage your emotions such as rejection, anger, and frustration. This will release the block you may be experiencing and allow flow of creativity. You must learn to acknowledge your own gifts and talents and let go of the need for validation.
As for being seen as “ordinary” paraphrasing Caroline Myss, “this becomes the art of the moment where you can use your imagination to see it’s potential. This is your ultimate talent of the Artist/Creative Archetype.”
1. DALE, BRIAN. ARCHETYPES: Unmasking Your True Self. BALBOA PRESS AUSTRALIA, 2017.
2. Myss, Caroline M. Archetypes: Who Are You?Hay House, 2014.