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Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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Many artists have a quirk that makes them both creative in some manner and struggling in the rest of life. I am one of those artists and I have bi-polar depression. Fortunately, I’m fairly well stabilized by carefully balanced medications but there was a time I resisted them, feeling that my creativity would suffer from the “flattening” of my passions. I have since learned that couldn’t be further from the truth. Being properly in control of myself makes it possible to create without the limitations brought on by not being able to take care of my needs (like eating and sleeping) while composing, writing, or shooting. And it has freed my mind in ways I didn’t dream possible since I’d only known myself as a victim of my illness, never guessing there was untapped creativity still trapped under a blanket of depression.

If you or anyone you know is an artist and having a terrible time with depression, mania (going completely wild), constant mood swings, or locking themselves away to work far beyond what’s reasonable for a human being, please look into the possibility their creativity is also their burden and that a trip to the doctor for a blood test may make all the difference in the world. I know it changed me after over 30 years of not knowing anything beyond “create then hide”.

This fractal represents ‘the other artist’ that was me and is me no more – the artist who was a slave to his arts is quite happily a memory.

I’m pledging (now) 100% of anything this piece earns towards the mental health programs at Kaiser Permanente Hospitals.

Be well.
Lenny

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