Meditation is currently mainstream in our society. Mindfulness is one key to living a peaceful life with fewer distractions. It teaches controlling our thoughts from past to present to create a tranquil experience. Anything in its natural form that can aid a person’s health has always been a fascinating subject for me. We live in a world that has spent billions of dollars on a multitude of ways to reduce stress. What if I told you I have another piece to the puzzle? Create. Look at other’s artistry. Spend more time in museums. While this may seem far fetched, I have a little friend in my corner to back me up. Science!
Some of the most successful artists in the world can replicate a free-flowing design that we see throughout nature, giving our brains a familiar feeling of joy—causing a physical effect within us, which decreasing our stress level by 60%. A famous American abstract painter named Jackson Pollock is an excellent example of this. He shared something within his work that was found within the countryside. Fractals! They are infinitely complex never-ending patterns that are self-similar across different scales. What is exciting about this discovery is the fractals found within the terrain were similar to the ones found in Pollock’s art. His style was to stand over his canvas allowing the paint to flow freely with his chaotic movement purposefully landing in conceptual design, leaving a branched out motif. Is it possible abstract art is not that abstract after all? Artists have tapped into something that directly connects science and art, proving rhyme does have a reason even to what looks like random on a page.
To the untrained eye, one would think replicating a Pollock original would be an easy, lucrative venture. Not so fast. In one particular study, people were asked to copy his expressive style of art. Remarkably one category was able to come close. Children! But of course. Kids are the masters of confidence and value within there own creations. They haven’t had time to fill their minds with self-doubt by comparing themselves to others. Adults tend to perpetually overthink and question their worth, which can hinder any creative process. Kids’ naive innocence to life is a valuable gift.
For all the conceptual artists out there questioning your direction in life, please don’t. Creativity is within all of us. Be careful not to stifle your originality because you are a math major and want to fit into that restrictive box. I encourage you to support the child within you. Imagine what we could accomplish by letting go of our insecurities and practicing what we preach. You can do anything and be anyone. Don’t just take my word for it; it’s science.