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It all started with this article about an exhibition of four outsider Finnish women artists who chose the difficult path of remaining faithful to their art, and was followed by this interview, where Jeanette Winterson talks about her working class background and the feeling of not belonging. And then I was talking to an acquaintance, and sure enough it didn’t take long for us – after some initial reluctance and waters testing – to reveal our artistic sides, hidden behind household stories, jobs to get by and crammed schedules.

    Finally it struck me, this thing that I know but tend to forget, especially under stress: Our experiences, the things and thought-forming processes we’re going through every single moment, are not unique. In fact, they are quite common. For the creatives, it should be seen as a duty to fight the restraints of what passes as normality, this order that keeps us and, perhaps more importantly, other creative people repressed and captive to their approved roles, usually money-earning and/or domestic, and suffocates their creativity due to lack of time, means and network.

We need to gather, open up, discuss and support, develop new platforms and movements together. Contemporary life is crippling not only creativity but also self-esteem. It’s the most difficult thing, it seems, to say “I’m an artist” without wanting to laugh at yourself for your ridiculous, childish claim. We are taught that others are better and we are somehow committing fraud. We should abolish the fear and guilt of being mediocre or bad, if there even is such a thing, and devote ourselves wholeheartedly to getting the most pleasure out of anything that offers it to us – in this case, being creative.

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