Lil bit bout me
My name is Sarah Warnaar. I’m a young lady living in Amsterdam. I’ve been traveling the world as a model for thirteen years now and have been drawn to creating as long as I can remember. When I was about seven or eight years old, I would write stories so full of fantasy I was granted to read them in front of the entire school. Unfortunately, my voice was soft and my shyness grand so I had trouble making myself heard. Language expresses itself in many forms and mine has always been stronger in the world of art. If you give me a word, I’ll write you a poem. Give me a color and I’ll make a painting. I don’t know how to explain how this process works and I’m not sure some things even should be attempted to be unraveled.
I have a weakness for colors, composition, rough materials, people with deep eyes, beautiful hands, my tribe of women. I have a firm believe in goodness and purpose in the world. Even when the odds might sometimes turn the other way.
Some thoughts on creativity:
I aim for my art to connect to people in a personal manner; a language in which everyone can be understood and comforted. I believe art should be able to move a broad public and assist all in personal growth. I’d like to develop an image of openness, oneness, and connection as an artist.
To be creative is to surprise oneself. To explore parts that take courage. There are moments you need creativity to go forward.
Sometimes, when I feel a need to create, but can’t seem to get started or go forward, I create a problem. Like throwing a random color on a canvas or taking the picture from a strange angle. That way, you put yourself in a position to solve the problem, which takes you further into the process of the project. That’s what I mean with the part about surprising yourself. That’s what I believe to be true creativity; to be problem solving, to have an associative mind, to simply know no other way than to create, create more, create more freely.
I find that writing, painting or taking pictures gather a bunch of things that are flying around in your head into one concrete output. For me, projects are almost a must. It's like when you're writing, you stir up the thoughts in your head and let them sink in again, on different points of the paper. Almost like cheating. Rearranging reality.
Turning ideas into something concrete is not a straight road. It’s sitting back, digging through, letting go and, last but not least, not taking yourself too seriously. Sounds like a constant healing process doesn’t it?
Some quotes I have recently stumbled upon:
'An artist is somebody who enters into competition with God.' - Patti Smith
'I think art is the ability to change people with your work, to see things as they are and then create stories, images, and interactions that change the marketplace.' - Seth Godin
‘You influence people through their senses. That’s why you need art, not just philosophy.’ - Alain de Botton
‘In movement in blessing.’ –Patti Smith
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