When you lose something you can’t replace

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I’m out of inspiration today. But you know what? During these typical situations when you feel like; “what the heck am I going to do?”, when you think too much, just do this; art!

So, this is a tribute to art. To all those crazy things that you actually don’t have to explain to others. Art is art. To those people who want to take part in understanding it, it might be something much more. Something that no one can take away from you, even if everything else was taken from you, you’ll find comfort in still having your creative space and your imagination. A sphere where you sort of make sense of it all. A place from where you can grow. I often thank my imagination for taking me everywhere and to where I am today. On this particular topic I’m tempted to be much more personal, in order to tell you everything that I’ve learned, seen and felt. What art is to me. Connect the story to something real, so you can feel it too. But this is not my story, it is the ideas that are to be illuminated here.

First of all, making a tribute to art is, I’m sure, a way too big task to take on with these few paragraphs only. So I’m actually not going to do that. I guess I just want to thank it. For being there for me, at peaks and bottoms, I knew I always had it and (believe it or not) that means more than anything to me. A way to express myself when there was no other way to, when words felt painful or just mismatching.

I love to connect the dots and stories, or in my opinion the best ones, are to be told with a sense of realness and vulnerability. That human touch that only we can tell if we are brave enough to let our thoughts out in writing, dancing, singing, design or whatever it is that you are doing (or might consider trying?). Art, to me, is perhaps the most personal sphere of my persona. At the surface a text (or any piece of art really) that might sound like bogus to you, but if you scratch it…you’ll find something. That’s when it happens! You’ll interpret the expression and then – coolest thing – the information is filtered through your own lens and meaning (which is always personal) is being created.

There is something loaded with speaking the truth. A story can quite easily become too much for another person, but when words or thoughts are put into art, sometimes, its indirect form can be much more (how ironic isn’t that!) easy (or more attractive perhaps?) to understand for another person. Good or bad, we are humans, we want to understand things in an environment where it is easiest to do so.

I will share one more short thing with you this evening. A couple of years ago, or actually many years already, I used to blog from another place. I knew I was mostly writing for myself, but my writing was also visible for some other people. You can call it some kind of tailored writing if you’d like. What I realized is that I got very frustrated from writing about things that were somehow obvious to me (and so personal in many ways, despite the cryptic kind of writing hiding everything behind a creative text), recognizing that some of these people just didn’t get it (even though they complimented my art, even on a continual basis). Not even after what I was thinking was the most obvious hint. But what was it that they didn’t understand and how could I really blame them for not “getting it”? Was “it” my truth, my perspective, my thoughts, my feelings – exactly as I had felt them as I was writing my texts? Or perhaps the disappointment of realizing that art can never be blamed for not being able to transfer the exact/”correct” feelings, thoughts or whatever “truths” that were aimed at when the message (i.e. the art) was created.

If you think about it (as a professional marketer this question has always fascinated me), we as humans (well, it’s exactly the same with companies really) want to be understood in the same (or at least a similar) way as we see ourselves (i.e. our identity).

Part of getting to that place, which is very difficult in today’s world, involves various forms of art and communication. More indirect and direct forms. What’s interesting about art, which according to me could be called a more indirect type of communication, is that it forces us to think. To challenge our reference frames, in order to get closer to another one’s. This is why I like art so much. When I went through those old texts and some of the art forms that I have got engaged in over the years, I found the title lyrics from Coldplay’s beautiful “Fix You”. I was writing something that had been inspired by this text.

“When you try your best, but you don’t succeed. When you get what you want, but not what you need. When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep. Stuck in reverse. When the tears come streaming down your face, or you lose something you can’t replace. Lights will guide you home and ignite your bones and I will try to fix you. But if you never try you’ll never know.”

At each of those “when:s” in my life, I used art as a way to grow, express and understand (and when you think about it, I used it to continue, instead of giving up).

When you lose something you can’t replace. Stay artsy!

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Dagens inlägg handlade om hur viktigt det är att inte tappa bort (eller kanske helt glömma att väcka liv i) din kreativitet (kalla det konstnärlighet eller din expressiva sida) för att kunna fortsätta att växa, både i din förståelse för dig själv, men kanske desto viktigare; för att bygga på din förståelse för andra.

Kan man säga att konst är en mer indirekt form av kommunikation (och därav inte lika “skyldig” att kommunicera “rätt” associationer och betydelser) eller är det något som de flesta av oss borde tolkaett och samma sätt? Som de flesta av oss säkert konstaterar redan här och nu är ju det faktum att konst och kreativitet är något högst personligt (därav även processen för hur dess mening tolkas). Precis som det gamla ordspråket berättar för oss heter det ju faktiskt att “en bild säger mer än tusen ord.”

Dagens konst kan vara alltifrån dina playlists, till en konstutställning, till en berättelse och allting däremellan. Konst är konst och borde nog få vara just det; ett sätt att uttrycka sig, ett kommunikationsmedel för att berätta något, eller genom vilket vi förstår andra. Sannolikt inte ett kommunikationsmedel som medför att dess skapare har rätt att förutsätta att det finns “en sanning” och att den sanningen kommer att bli tolkad.

Konst och kreativitet borde vara mer som ett stöd, något som du alltid kan lita på vad än som händer. Till och med (och kanske ännu mer) när du har förlorat något oersättligt, något som kanske inte exakt går att sätta i ord, i känslor, något som inte alltid följer ett mönster (men som ändå går att få i uttryck på ett annat sätt).

Då är konst konst (i alla fall den bästa sortens) enligt mig.

 

 

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All about soul. Music addict. Business mind. Digital Marketer and PR Professional for a living. Passionate. People's person. In love with life and challenges. Swedish, half-Finnish, lived most of my life in my suitcase but moved back to Sweden in 2013. So here I am. Follow my journey!

6 Comments

  • February 20, 2013

    Marija

    Loved your last sentence, and agree with it so. Thumbs up for creating something out of “nothing”, Alex. :)

    • February 20, 2013

      Alex

      Thanks Marija! Happy to hear that :)

  • February 20, 2013

    Amir

    good job big theme keep on going
    what caught me was the bit about blaming art for not getting your message across
    you can and you can’t. You can when you have used your medium (writing, painting, whatever) to get a clear message across (maybe fight racism or … anything that qualifies as a message a opposed to a feeling) and you realise that its not working (similar to marketing huh). You can’t when your art is pure personal expression first and foremost and the message just a fragment of the whole.
    I guess I’m trying to say that it depends on where your artistic impulse first ignited. Sometimes it’s a message you need to get out, sometimes its something undefined until its there and, like you said, it may remain undefined and that won’t matter at all
    Umm, all this means I liked your text and its made me think so please don’t misunderstand me

    • February 27, 2013

      Alex

      Thank you so much Amir, I really appreciate your thoughts and feedback! The best thing is, in my opinion, when you as a writer is able to get comments that lift your work to a whole new level- what I think your comment just did. So thank you in return, it feels so nice being able to see your own thoughts more clearly, or from a whole new perspective. Interesting!

  • April 3, 2013

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  • June 12, 2013

    Alex

    Thank you Nerissa! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this piece and LS as a whole, it means a great deal to be able to share ideas and experiences that find new meaning with someone else. So thank YOU!