Wangechi Mutu

Sometimes this blog is an education for me and helps me to learn more about subjects I want to know more about but never get the time.

Ms. Mutu is a Kenyan woman and a fantastic artist. I discovered her just by googling around, yep, used google as a verb! and was so drawn to her work.

Educated in England, Wangechi Mutu now lives and works in New York though she’s been around the world with her exhibitions.

This Yale graduates amazing works are grotesque and amazing.

If you are anywhere near New York – I implore you to see her work.

“Mutu’s work explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics and the international fashion industry. Drawing from the aesthetics of traditional crafts, science fiction and funkadelia, Mutu’s works document the contemporary myth making of endangered cultural heritage.” – courtesy of artfix.com

Why Are We Scared Of Creativity?

Creativity And Fear

My whole life, I knew, I was a writer.

I can remember career skills class in twelfth grade where, after four years of the general crap your provincial/state education board requires you to know; ‘reading, writing arithmetic/how to cite a source/meet a deadline’ they realise:

Oh shit! So whatta you wanna do with all this knowledge now that you have this book learnin?

Enter career skills: where you try to figure out what might appeal to you; choose some vocation to earn a living for the next 35 years of your life. Piece o’ cake! Right?

I wondered why I had to decide on one. I liked science, art, humanities, health, perhaps a short time in dentistry or quantum mechanics might appeal to me in 15 years.

Ever present, like a monkey on my back, has been this voice…write, write, why are you not writing today?

As much as I would love it to shut up so I can continue to watch Teletoon at night, it persists and so I’m a bit of slave to it.

Like a lot of people, creativity to me is dangerous, it is for people with BFA after their names, who have magic gifts or the last name Picasso.

Not me.

But here it is, I’m stuck with it. So I manage my fear, do the job that makes me money in the meantime, and listen to the wisdom of other writers.

Elizabeth Gilbert speaks at TED about nurturing creativity.

Our stories and our experiences are our own. chronicling them is not self-indulgent, flighty or a waste of time.

There will be another person touched by your creativity.

Nurture your secret desire for literary creations, sculptures or photography.

….There is nothing wrong with what you want to share with the world.