Since the dawn of mankind, human beings have expressed a desire to turn imagination into reality - to create something.
For as long as we have existed, we have been characterised by our ability to perceive and express the world in different ways.
From ancient rock paintings and cave art, to tools, artefacts and even weapons, evidence of this goes back a long way. Today, we express our creativity through different outlets; multimedia, inventions, books, art. The list goes on.
Creativity is the natural order of life: life is pure creative energy. When we open ourselves up to creativity, we open ourselves up to life. It is a little like opening the gate at the top of a field irrigation system. Once we remove the blocks, the flow moves in.
Fremantle artist Ian de Souza says creativity is an essential of our existence, and should be more widely embraced within our society.
“Mark-making is the most innate form of human expression. It’s a way of thinking. Creativity is a way of thinking.”
De Souza has transformed his life using the tools of creativity, having moved from Singapore to study to become a priest at a Canberra seminary, before finding his voice and travelling the world as a successful musician.
But he does not discredit the valuable experience that the priesthood provided him with.
“When I was studying to be a priest, I learnt discipline,” he says.
“With every form of creativity, if you want to be the best you have to be very self-disciplined. You have to channel all your thoughts and energy into one vein.”
De Souza has embraced the flow of creativity throughout all aspects of his life, from his home, to his art, his music and ultimately, his perspective on life.
In his journey from priesthood to paintbrush, de Souza has transformed his life into a completely unique entity. As an artist, he has defined his life through the power of creativity. In this short multimedia feature, he will enlighten you on the importance plays in everyday life.