There is an artist in Oak Park, IL that makes art from literal garbage. Bryan Northup collects the styrofoam and plastic that often packages our food, reconstitutes it as sculpture of food --such as sushi. Northup literally takes what seems to be garbage and turns it into art that provokes us to think about the mundane objects that fill our lives and our landfills.
Creativity is more than just making a thing with your hands. It’s noticing a toy smushed into asphalt, hearing music in the chaos of traffic, and seeing connections where there doesn’t seem to be any. It’s cutting up scraps of fabric to rearrange in ways that are pleasing to the eye of beholder and soul of the maker. This is creativity at its best, when it manifests a thing from seemingly thin air.
Being creative is being able to see potential, to see into the future and make that happen--to birth it. It’s bringing to life a poem, a recipe, or a garden design.
All of these things moments of creation have power.
And it’s important to not lose sight of this power to practice it. It can pull one out of depression, and it can foster joy. Practicing creativity can be inspiring for another person to follow suit with their own creative project.
Make something from nothing.
The world is hungry for what you have to offer. It’s hungry for you!
Anna Lentz, artist and writer, blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.