Chapter 1

Creativity hurts

1.3 - You don't have to be mad to be an artist, but it helps

Constantly mixing and talking to fellow artists, I have found a surprisingly illogical and dangerous notion, that it helps an artist to be mad. I consider this to be dangerous because it glorifies suffering. The creative process though, deals with confrontation and addressing problems, not with running away from reality. The reason why some people might think they need to escape from reality lies in the pressure artists are often exposed to (see 3.2) .

However, madness is of course not something we can choose to have, but madness is often related to pressure. Alcohol- and drug abuse are problems we have some control over , although some may argue that both problems are entirely a genetic condition, and that the affected person therefore has no control over them.