Oil 15 – (Im)Perfect Love ( of Van Gogh [1853-1890] )
2009 - ( 20 x 60 cm )
Early on our genes have a supreme importance in many aspects of our lives, however, the development of a creative potential depends not only on our genes, but also the interaction with the surrounding environment. This means that the evolution of our skills and genetic capacities can be developed. In theory, the creative intelligence can be applied and developed very early, however, various social impositions can weaken and manipulate the shyest bases of a creative mind.
It is the base of creativity that is at the origin of our ideas, without it, nothing new would be possible to emerge. Although the pillars of creativity are the ones responsible for all the evolution and for bringing something new ... they do not necessarily bring something good...
To try to find out what's going on in the mind of a creator, we can resort to a genius of painting: Vincent Van Gogh. Until this moment nobody could define what the state of soul of this Impressionist painter was. A bipolar mind, a mind which vacillated between depressive moments in which he suffered strange physical disorders and hallucinations, but also having moments of creative bursts.
In just eight years Van Gogh captured with his look and transposed to the canvas hundreds of oils. Unfortunately ignored and never recognized, also the author of the masterpieces did not value his work. Throughout his lifetime he sold only one unique painting. Fate led him to suicide.
There is a stereotype that links creativity with madness. Aristotle use to say that “there never was a genius without a touch of madness”.
Edgar Allan Poe, a writer so fortunate in its literature but inglorious in his life time and also unfortunate in his mental health, simply suffered from an eccentric creativity, considering himself that “I've never been really insane.”.
In fact, research results confirm the association between genius and madness. Although the creations can seem like transcendent, it does not mean that creative people - or extremely intelligent -, necessarily have a mental disorder. It is always possible to have a perfect health and simply occur to us a good idea.
Unfortunately, the biggest inconvenient of having a good idea lies in the tragic acceptance that may come from our peers. Fundamentally, it is the established beliefs that easily distort common sense, blinding completely the logical reasoning.
For example, it is now obvious to us the existence of the human heart, but it was not always so. It was William Harvey in 1628, who looked to the heart for the first time, seeing something new. For this doctor, the heart was a pump in the center of a closed circulatory system. Considering this as the main organ responsible for blood circulation, rather than the brain; adding that it would be possible to hear a sound, the pulsation of the chest.
It will be not necessary to say that his proposal and its 'naive' concept was considered ridiculous by their medical colleagues.
If we have a writer looking at a blank page, a physicist in front of a blackboard, or a painter in the presence o a new canvas ... what happens in their brains, which hormones and neurotransmitters are activated and processed?
If one mind has exceptional powers and abilities it is considered to be a biological issue, in which, in that body, the levels of serotonin and dopamine are higher than average, or, quite simply, “Perhaps the only limits of the human mind are those we believe.”- Willis Harman -.
“ Love is eternal, its manifestation may change,
but never its essence…”
VINCENT VAN GOGH
“ The soul waits patiently for the other half of himself
of which it was separated.”
“ Where there is a lot of feeling there is also a lot of pain.”
LEONARDO DA VINCI
“ That one who was lost in his passion,
lost less than the one who has lost his passion.”
“ Love is a madness made with two.”
“ In love, there is always madness.
But there is always a bit of reason in madness.”
“ … But because I love, and for that I love her;
because the one who loves never knows who he loves, not even why he loves, nor what love is...
Loving is the eternal innocence, and the only innocence is not to think.”
“ You attract me, but you do not have the strength to keep me.”
“ Love lives and dies in the eyes.”