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Why Having a Messy Studio Can Help You as an Artist

Austin Kleon on 
Why Having a Messy Studio Can Help You as an Artist
from ARTSY

In this excerpt from his new book, “Keep Going”, writer Austin Kleon shares insights on the creative benefits of tidying up.
— Read on www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-messy-studio-help-artist

Creativity is about connections, and connections are not made by siloing everything off into its own space. New ideas are formed by interesting juxtapositions, and interesting juxtapositions happen when things are out of place.

Excerpted from Keep Going: 10 Ways To Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon (Workman). © 2019.

I struggle with being tidy and being messy on the daily. Somehow it just seems to have a life of its own. Then there are other days where things like depression and external factors weigh in heavily on my ability to perform the necessary tasks of maintaining a household or studio. I like to blame my cat for throwing his food around or other such nonsense, when in fact, I know it’s always me. 

I used to always be such an orderly child, and still have a flare of OCD and particularity about some rather odd (and most likely annoying) ways of keeping my personal space organized. I need to learn to adapt to a “less is more” approach and start some spring purging. I even lost a great chuck of material possessions in a flood a few years ago. So I know it’s just stuff, and sometimes it gets messy, but why can’t I seem to keep things from getting overwhelming at times? Why must I “push it,” as my mother has pointed out? 

I suspect a lot has to do with my current mental state. For example, If I know company is coming over, I can usually whiz through the place and make it look pretty damn good in about 20 minutes. But why do I treat myself as though I am not good enough to keep it that way? Why do I let it go to crap?

PICTURED BELOW (AND ABOVE IN THE FEATURED PHOTO) ARE TIMES WHEN MY STUDIO/LIVING SPACE WAS IN A STATE OF CONTROLLED CHAOS 

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I suspect it will always be a WORK IN PROGRESS….
Anyone have any great motivational tips?

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