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Creativity challenging silence and stigma

August 20, 2021

Do you write code? Develop advertising campaigns? Come up with unique recipes? Sew or knit? Decorate tablescapes? Do crossword puzzles or fill in adult coloring books? Doodle during meetings? Then by most modern standards, you’re creative.

Creativity is Your Secret Advantage for Mental Health and Well-Being

‘Drowning in emotion.’ From “Emotion Series,” 2016. Credit: Courtesy Of Kirsty Latoya

South London-based digital artist Kirsty Latoya — also known as KirzArt — is using her work to unpack the complexities of mental health. To create her art, Kirsty uses her finger as a stylus to draw on an iPad — a technique that creates compelling, contemporary work.

Untitled.’ From “Too Many Blackamoors,” 2015. Credit: Courtesy Of Heather Agyepong

London-based artist Heather Agyepong uses visual art to powerfully document life as a black woman. With degrees in both photography and psychology, Agyepong channels her expertise in both areas into her work with many of her pieces reflecting on mental and physical well-being.

Detail of ‘Seriti,’ from Tsoku Maela’s “Abstract Peaces,” 2016. Credit: Courtesy Of TsOKU Maela

Tsoku Maela — a photographer from Cape Town, South Africa — has been extensively recognized for his work documenting what it’s like to live with mental illness through complex imagery. His recent photographic series, titled Abstract Peaces, documents Maela’s own experience with depression.


When people are creating something, whether it’s a software program, graffiti, or a quilt, they tend to get lost in the activity. The act of creating requires focus and concentration, and multitasking doesn’t work. 

The Flow Genome Project, an organization that researches human performance, defines the state of flow as “those moments of rapt attention and total absorption when you get so focused on the task at hand that everything else disappears and all aspects of performance, both mental and physical, go through the roof.”

From → Shine Ya Eye

  1. Very true. Ironically, Creativity is often at its best when it’s a reflection of emotional pain. When in misery, paint your canvas!

    • That’s great advice. “When in misery, paint your canvas” a real handy piece of advice.
      Thank you for sharing. I really appreciate.

    • When in misery and pain, paint your canvas 🔥🔥🔥✔✔. This is deep!

      • It’s so unfortunate the little time we avail to the creative process since primary school

      • Yes, life evolves with excellence and better experiences when a child’s mind is trained early enough to capture possibilities and cultivate creativity.

      • That is the thing, life is such a rush and then we are confronted with development gaps

  2. I believe strongly that creativity produces a force and a fragrance that brings healing and hope. Creativity is a cocoon without walls – a small world where big things happen.

    I particularly love this part of your piece, Abigail.

    “When people are creating something, whether it’s a software program, graffiti, or a quilt, they tend to get lost in the activity. The act of creating requires focus and concentration, and multitasking doesn’t work.”

    Have an amazing Monday. 💛💛💛

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts Adeite. ‘A small world where big things begin’, I will take with me.
      And I’m happy that you agree with the understanding of the creative process.
      Focus and concentration are sharp tools
      Keeping the process steady
      Releasing oneself to other activity in between
      I also believe that teachers should set the creative atmosphere within the classroom
      Breathing is the first stage.
      The act before creation. Learning this quietness before the process is a muscle we build and they will flex it throughout their lives. Mathematic and Physics then become fun studios.

    • Wishing you an amazing monday too💛💛💛

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