Tide Pool: A Sensory Collage of Creative Impulse

High Museum of Art
Apr 26 · 3 min read

What is it that drives us to create? Explore artworks, songs, and books to fuel your creative drive.

By Alex Delotch Davis, Manager of Marketing, High Museum of Art

Sculptural artwork featuring faceted geometric glass arranged in a semicircular pattern.
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, 1924–2019), Untitled (Muqarnas), 2012

Welcome to Tide Pool — a series of multimedia blog posts meant to immerse you in a headspace of creativity and inspiration. Each post presents a collection of someone’s thoughts, like the glittering bits of life that emerge and remain in a tide pool. This time, we’re invited into the headspace of Alex Delotch Davis, Manager of Marketing at the High.

In this mood board of sorts, enjoy a collage of images, words, and sounds intended to spark your creative mind.

In Alex’s Tide Pool: Creative Impulse

The impulse to create is driven by so many different things. Some people create out of necessity. There’s an adage that Black people often say amongst ourselves: “We are some of the most creative people on the planet.” That creativity is rooted in the impulse for survival, making a way out of no way, foraging for joy in the face of hopelessness. Others create out of inspiration, an urge to replicate a feeling stimulated by an encounter with nature or, most often, by an encounter with another person, and a further urge to share that feeling. I enjoy art the most when I can relate to the artists’ impulse. Without ever having met the artist, through their work I can experience the same feeling of hope or love or awe that moved them.

While I am not an artist — I don’t make any manner of object with my hands — I do consider myself a creative. I do feel the urge to share the things and experiences that inspire me. And I get a sense of joy when another person can relate to the awe and wonderment with which I experience the world. I believe that is why we are all here, to create and to share.

“Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.”

— Alice Walker

Artwork inspiration found in the High’s galleries and at High.org/explore. Explore over eighteen thousand artworks online and find your inspiration.

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