The creative artist is an outlier.
“…the work of an artist meets the psychic needs of the society in which she lives, and therefore means more than her personal fate, whether she is aware of it or not. Being essentially the instrument of her work, she is subordinate to it, and we have no right to expect her to interpret it for us. She has done her utmost by giving it form and must leave the interpretation to others and to the future. A great work of art is like a dream…for all its apparent obviousness it…is always ambiguous. To grasp its meaning, we must allow it to shape us as it shaped her. Then we also understand the nature of her primordial experience. She has plunged into the healing and redeeming depths of the collective psyche, where man is not lost in the isolation of consciousness and its errors and sufferings, but where all are caught in a common rhythm which allows the individual to communicate her feelings and strivings to mankind as a whole.” Jung, Carl Gustav. “Psychology and Literature”, The Spirit in Man, Art, and Literature c 1966
“An outlier may be sometimes excluded from the data set (and) can cause serious problems in statistical analyses.” (Wikipedia)
Laura Siersema is composer of Aberfan (7 pianos, voice and tools of rescue), a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax deductible. Your contribution ensures we can return to the studio to complete its recording.
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P.S. In the quote above, I changed all pronouns from “he” and “him” to “her” and “she”.