Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday is Personal History

Each of us has a unique set of DNA in our genes that determines, among other things, our body shape, our hair color, and the size of our feet. Consider this concept, borrowed from Twyla Tharp, one of America's greatest choreographers.

Twyla Tharp believes that we all have strands of creative code hard-wired into our imaginations — they determine the forms we work in, the stories we tell, and how we tell them.

Tharp illustrates this theory by pointing to Ansel Adams, best known for his expansive black-and-white landscape photographs. Adam's creative DNA compelled him to carry his camera high atop mountains to capture the widest view of nature, and this view of the world became his signature.

Take time to reflect on your own artistic DNA, perhaps using these questions as a starting point. If you were born to produce just one type of work, what would it be? What is your unique view of the world, and how does it manifest in your artwork? What medium lets you best express your creativity?

If  you want to learn more about your creative DNA take this quiz from Twyla's book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It

Your Creative DNA- A Quiz 

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