Between Madness And Art

“I’ve never believed there is anything more than a coincidental relationship between madness and making art. For every self-mutilating van Gogh, there’s a sane, mild-mannered Matisse. Artistic creativity arises from a variety of fluid inner equations; the old image of artists producing masterpieces in some sort of possessed frenzy is far more common in movies than in life. In actuality, making art is a respite from inner demons. Sanity is necessary for the strategy, planning, and trial and error needed to bring a good artistic idea to fruition.”