ARTIST JON KOKO
I think it depends on which condition you have in your own mind at a certain time, because for me it can change shape and form a lot. Sometimes it can be so extremely tough and painful, but I can look at it as a process of spiritual cleansing which is important to experience to reach a higher purpose in life.
When its really strong I can barely move because it holds me in a grip of a big anaconda. Im almost paralyzed at those times. When Im ”comfortably blue” or ”regulary down” I will often spend time with myself and listen to calm and soothing music all day long, drink tea and reflect on things. I will also get a wave of inspiration and ideas for artwork which I normally in a more positive state of mind dont get. Thats a great contradiction in many artist life I suppose, you depend on the blue moments to reach a higher level of artisry.
Since I think the experience of melancholy is an important way of getting a bigger picture of life, it may also transform you to a more sensitive person. I think its really important to be sensitive to create certain art, so for that reason I think it has helped me a lot to develop my style.
I think its still very surpressed. Its well known that extrovert energy still rules the world and it is still the ideal way to be in Sweden.
I'm not sure really if it would be better for everyone to help their creativity. Every states of mind has its own source of creativity. Happiness is related to passion and bright colors, depression is related to pale and dark colors and passivity. But every single feeling one have in life is still necessary in its own way to become a greater human being. The sad thing is that people have been told its wrong to be blue, which makes people feel guilty because of something that actually is very natural.