January 12, 2020

Why is imaginative world building good for our mental health?

Donna McGlynn, 47

“May you live in interesting times” is an expression in English which is attributed to an ancient Chinese curse. Whether the attribution is correct or not, we certainly do live in interesting, dangerous and chaotic times, and for many people this is overwhelming and causes feelings of anxiety and powerlessness. The sense of being without control, without power has been proven to be immensely harmful to both our mental and physical health. Even if artists’ lives lack security, the practice of art, in all its forms, is an expression of control. We hold the mirror up to this ‘interesting’ world – or take control of the narrative and create completely new worlds of our own.

Voyager, 2019Oil on canvas12"x14"