Artists have a natural curiosity for life...Even as children, they have a tendency to push the boundaries and question the status quo...It's an inherent part of being a creative individual...And even though it can be a risk at times, it can transform the way we see the world.
Each time, we, as artists, risk, expose, and make ourselves vulnerable, each time we give a voice to those authentic parts of ourselves, we have the capacity to touch others and to give expression to the thoughts, hopes, and struggles of humanity.
This is why art has moved and inspired people for thousands of years. Art unifies and connects us to each other and to the human experience. It casts a wide net, welcoming even those who have been marginalized. Art dares to be heard. It questions, pushes, and speaks to what we hold in our hearts and what has been suppressed by society.
It is important then, as artists, to discover this authentic voice, to be comfortable in what is uncomfortable, to be strong in our vulnerability, and to be aware of anything that holds us back from that. How often do we edit ourselves? How often do we change who we are, curate our lives, to please others or to be accepted? And in doing so, how does this ultimately affect our happiness, our confidence, our lives, and of course our art?
It touches each one of us to be understood, but understanding occurs at a level of truth and vulnerability. We can only really be understood, when we risk being seen. And to be truly accepted, we must risk acceptance for authenticity. This is the place where transformation happens…personally, in our families, in communities and globally. It only takes one person, but ultimately, authenticity liberates and empowers each one of us.
Questions to ask yourself:
When do I feel most authentic? (in a certain place, around certain people, doing something you enjoy, etc..etc..)
What does my authentic voice need to thrive?
What encourages/discourages me?
How do friends and family influence me?
What role does social media have on my authentic voice?
How do I try to please others and how does that affect my truth?
Do I notice myself editing what I want to express most?
How to tap your authenticity:
Journal, Create, Rebel, Meditate, Allow, Accept, Encourage, Play, Travel, Read, Unplug.
Ideas to strengthen your authentic voice:
Follow your intuition, Take risks, Be bold, Be brave, Don't give in to doubt, Extend compassion and kindness, Keep an open mind.
Art and Inspiration International
Alyssa Sineni is a metalsmith, artist, and writer. She has worked as a designer, Reiki practitioner and small business owner. Alyssa approaches her work intuitively and is endlessly inspired by the natural world.
Copyright 2016 Alyssa Sineni