“What insights has your study of Australian Literature and Art given you into the importance of creativity as part of human experience?”
As a student of art myself, I do feel that creativity is essential when it comes to human experience. Creativity helps an individual express their thoughts and emotions in many different ways. It can be used to show an event, retell a story, and even say how one really feels when speaking fails them.
After studying Australian Literature and Art, looking through many poets, stories and artworks reinforces my view. All pieces have different structures and perspectives – especially when you compare them to each other. However, that does not mean they are invalid or insignificant just because of this difference. On the contrary, it is these different forms of creativity that truly paints a fuller picture.
Much like with art, there is no such thing as a “perfect” artwork or a “perfect” method. Creativity, likewise, does not have a “perfect” way of thinking, nor is there a “way” to be creative. It is from the self, and it will manifest itself in different ways. It does not have to be a piece of paper and a pen, nor a canvas and a brush. It can be a dance like a certain Bobby’s. It can form from many kinds of different perspectives, and when you piece them together, it is like a jigsaw puzzle.
One’s creativity can really help express one’s true feelings without having to feel afraid. You can express such words or feelings in whatever way you wish. Certain pieces such as Bell-Birds by Henry Kendall and artworks like The Golden Splendour in the Bush by W. Lister show that the appreciation for the land and the feelings of vulnerability along with empathy are not restricted to just one side. That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott and Nigger’s Leap, New England by Judith Wright also used forms of creativity through literature to make sure that the suffering of the Aboriginal people did not go hidden away or buried, along with showing a sense of empathy to their suffering. With this, creativity can help show others what had occurred, and to remember. To feel and to empathize.
At the same time, poems like The Cool Green by Les Murray share a cautionary tale of money through a way that is far more fluid and thought-provoking instead of being just a straightforward statement. Such methods for using creativity also helps one to think and try to look at the big picture instead of just being fed the answer immediately. To ponder and wonder.
To finish off this final entry, I will conclude simply that creativity is an essential part of human experience. Without it, we are dull and rigid. No longer is there a helpful form of expression to those who need something other than words. And most especially with certain pieces that were studied in Australian Art and Literature, stories and events may have been lost.