many years of supporting herself as a self-taught artist, Melanie
Rothschild decided it was time to take a "proper" art class. After the
first night, she realized how fortunate she'd been to have not taken
one sooner - recognizing the profound gift which can come from
independently forging a creative path.
Her interest in the concept of self-taught art, the sacred nature of creativity and the dramatic effects of privilege on art propelled her towards formal study, a masters of science in the Study of Creativity.
She considers moxie, an irreverent nature and respect for the essential role of mistake-making to be the tools of her trade.
Creativity is not just about art. Sometimes it has nothing at all to do with art. Creativity is about how we think, the possibilities we allow into our thinking and our ability to follow through with action. In just about anything we do, we can think creatively or not.
About the book:
This book is about why art matters at all. It's about how new ideas come into being or get tamped down. It's about the inherent creative force which is part of simply being human and isn't dependent on mastering particular skills.