Thursday, June 5, 2008

Creation & Destruction

Beautiful photo of Yves St. Laurent's famous Mondrian dress courtesy of

Yves St. Laurent's recent death was discussed in all the major media. One thing many of these obituaries mention is his mental fragility. Robin Givhan of the Washington Post stated:


"Saint Laurent had a temperament as fragile as a hothouse flower and always seemed just on the verge of nervous collapse. He seemed burdened by creativity and overwhelmed by his success and responsibilities..."


For such a sparkling genius who worked for decades creating innovative designs and changing history, he also had a negative side to his creative mind.


That got me to thinking that the flip-side of 'creation' is 'destruction.' And I wonder is that the price to pay for creativity? In other words, the mind that gives you 'creativity' also gives you 'destructive' thoughts. Since they are the exact opposites of each other, they seem to be inseparable.


Joe said...

i enjoyed reading your ideas, they made me think that Picasso once said, "Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction." Where you say that destruction is a catalyst for ceative activity i must agree, but even the process of art is destructive, everything is. I mean that in order for something new to be created something first of all needs to be destroyed. For example, a piece of stone has been formed over long periods of time, then a sculptor will come along and destroy that in order to reveal the beauty of the stone and create art from it. Even a blank page will be destroyed when drawn upon. Just another thought for you :) -Joe

Susan said...

Thank you Joe. Not only are the acts of creation/destruction manifested physically as in a stone, but also manifested psychologically and emotionally.