“The artist must be shaken by the naked truths that will not be comforted. This divine discontent, this disequilibrium, this state of inner tension is the source of artistic energy.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Every artist feels an urge to express a truth through an artwork. That may be why this field is always making social criticism. The main task of the artist is to surrender itself to the act of creation.
Creativity used to be a problem for artists and scientists. Nowadays, with entrepreneurial coaches, gurus, and politicians who advocate for improving ‘creativity’ and seeing it as crucial, real artists are somehow discouraged. The creative process has been transformed more in a business question than in an art-related issue.
However, what artists really feel when it’s about creativity is always enduring and cathartic, not mindfulness or inner peace. When you face the battle of creativity as your core identity, your struggles are considerable enormous. As Goethe goes again:
It seems that two qualities are necessary if a great artist is to remain creative to the end of a long life; he must on the one hand retain an abnormally keen awareness of life, he must never grow complacent, never be content with life, must always demand the impossible and when he cannot have it, must despair. The burden of the mystery must be with him day and night.
We can conclude being an artist and creative is not only a career but an attitude.