same passions, different talents

情熱 ≠ 才能

For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by art and creativity. From a very young age, I have been passionate about drawing, painting, writing, and photography. My parents have taken me to numerous amazing museums, containing both contemporary and ancient art. I have studied and read artists’ biographies with an insatiable hunger. I have always felt a bond with these artists and their craft. I love art. It is healing, it makes me feel lighter, it makes me think differently.

覚えている限り、私はずっと芸術と創造性に魅了されてきました。私は小さい時から絵を描いたり、文章を書いたり、写真に情熱を注いできました。両親は現代美術と古代美術の両方を含む、数多くの素晴らしい美術館へ連れて行ってくれました。私はとどまることのない好奇心で芸術家の伝記を読んで勉強したりもしました。いつもこういった芸術家と彼らの作品との結びつきを感じていました。私はアートが大好きです。アートは癒しであり、軽い気持ちにさせてくれて、また自分の持っている考え方とは違うように考えさせてくれる。

I have always been curious to understand what inspiration is, what genius is, what it means to devote your life to your art. I have always wondered what it means to be talented at something that can provoke strong emotions in other people, and to do something because you can’t live without doing it.

「インスピレーション」が何であるか、「天才」とは何であるか、「自分の人生を自分の芸術に捧げること」が何を意味するのかなどを理解することに、私はいつも興味を持っていました。他人に強い感情を引き起こさせる可能性があるものに才能があること、そして自分がそうせずには生きていけない「何か」をすることが、どんな意味を持つのか私はいつも疑問に思っていました。

I have very recently realized that for the longest time, I thought that being curious about and drawn to something meant that I would naturally be good at it. That is simply not the case. Both traits can exist on its own without the other. For example, I love to write, draw and paint… but I am not moved to spend every free moment I have on it, which is something I think you would feel if you were naturally talented at something. For quite a while I was frustrated for not being able to make anything and not knowing why. I was so convinced that since I was passionate about art, I naturally had the creativity to actually create something, and that these things should come to me easily. My belief was so strong that I couldn’t see that there are things that I am talented at and enjoy doing.

何かに興味があったり、惹かれるものがあるということ=自然と得意なことなのだと私は長い間思っていたことに、最近気づきました。でも、それは事実ではありません。両方の特徴は、他方なしでそれ自身で存在することができ