The passports of famous artists remind us, beyond the possible biographical anecdotes that these might prove, that travelling and creativity form one of the most intimate and fortunate bonds that allow us to express our subjectivity.
On how travelling stimulates creativity: the passports of renowned artists /
The journey is barely a movement of the imagination. The journey is recognising, recognising oneself, the loss of childhood and the acceptance of maturity.
José Lezama Lima
The bond between travelling and creativity is extremely profound, while it might not always take the same shape, it does remain constant due to the movement these two aspects imply and because they somehow complement each other: they both require making a conscious decision to exit one’s comfort zone, opening oneself to new environments and perspectives, modifying ourselves (no matter how minimal these changes might appear to be) in relation to the person we usually are in the place we generally inhabit.
Perhaps for this reason, from the darkest times, artists, writers, poets, philosophers and other representatives of creative endeavours have also been great travellers, whether this has been physically or through their wondrous imaginations, transporting themselves from one end of the globe to the other, or merely committing to a handful of journeys but making the very most of them —so that they became the driving force behind their work, a manner of showing that the interior world and that which surrounded them was far richer than they appeared.
Alexandra David-Néel in the Tibet, Roland Barthes in China, Laurence Sterne on his sentimental voyage, and even Xavier de Maistre’s Voyage autour de ma chambre, are but a few examples of the many artists that understood that in order to create they had to fulfil a single and essential requisite: exiting, for a moment, their own beings.
Recently, Open Culture published a collection of the passports of famous characters, renowned for their strong artistic creations, from Virginia Woolf to Ella Fitzgerald, and including John Lennon and James Joyce.
Beyond their anecdotal value, and perhaps even their fetishist quality, these documents remind us that travelling is also a one of the most important stimulants that can bring our minds to the present moment, while they move our sense of astonishment, allowing them to take the shape of unimaginable expressions used to convey our existence in this reality.Tagged: travelers, trips and travelers, creativity, passports