Artists can fluctuate from wanting to be seen and wanting to hide. There can be constant conflict between confidence and vulnerability, wanting to be recognized and validated but also wanting autonomy. The feeling of validation and acceptance can be intoxicating and being rejected or critiqued can be devastating. Inflation and deflation, in this way, can characterise an artist’s existence.
I have been told by many artists and experienced first hand that creativity requires these extreme fluctuations. However, it can also be extremely destructive to oneself, to one’s work and to one’s intimate relationships.
Therapy can help to develop an understanding of oneself, build self-trust and therefore resilience to these highs and lows. This deeper sense of self allows one to express oneself artistically, with greater freedom and honesty.