Welcome To The Age of Self Love: The Freedom In Becoming Your Own Muse
One of social media's sizeable positives has been creating a wave of modernized approval for stranger's creative endeavours that has swept across the internet and reached all corners of the globe.
Through a community of online support, aroused by a fresh excitement for unique crafts and a revitalized knowledge that creativity and self love go hand in hand, we are seeing painters and designers gain audiences and chefs and makeup artists reach a wider clientele.
The message is clear- if you have a passion, take pleasure in it!
The more time I spend doing this myself, the more I become aware of the freedom in becoming your own muse. I had touched on this before the strange circumstances we have all found ourselves in arouse, but being in isolation has forced me to create work entirely with myself as the subject matter.
Renowned American photographer, Cindy Sherman, has only ever taken photographs of herself. Her catalogue of work spans over five decades and her heavily disguised 'self-portraits' reflect on gender stereotypes and challenge the social constructs that the world of media support.
Sherman infamously said of her work: "Everyone thinks these are self portraits but they aren't meant to be. I just use myself as a model because I know I can push myself to extremes, make each shot as ugly or goofy or silly as possible."
Exploring the infinite opportunities of both artist and muse, for yourself, will open doors to a whole new level of self-love generated by the great deal of independence found through the practice. You will be giving more time to yourself, opening your creative mind to endless possibilities and translating your ideas in a way that will allow you to exceed your own expectations.
There has never been a better time to love yourself and grow your craft. Become your own muse and do just this, at one.
By Art Contributor Ellen Stultiens