Sometimes I think artists have the greatest number of personality disorders of any cultural group. Some art colleagues and I had an interesting discussion the other day about phobias and started tallying up how many artists we knew that also had peculiar phobias.
But if we are going to acknowledge our creative abilities, I think it only fair that we acknowledge our umm...quirks also.
The interesting thing is that I have posed the question "Artists what are your phobias" to the art community at random on many occasions and I rarely if ever get a response back. Its almost like we are afraid to speak of these things.
If I ask an artist specifically and they know they can answer with confidentiality, then a whole plethora of quirks emerges. But speak of it publicly and the walls of silence suddenly surround them.
I'm not afraid of my phobias (yes I have more than the one I listed), nor am I afraid of any twists or turns my brain may make. I think its what makes me a creative powerhouse. Yeah I'm not afraid to call myself both crazy and a creative powerhouse. I don't say either as a brag, but as a simple statement of fact. I'm nuts, but because of it my brain goes to places that are pretty hard to reach. But when I go there I come back with a wealth of great ideas and concepts that I try to work with and turn into amazing art.
So stop fearing the unknown of your minds. Embrace your quirks, make them work for you instead of against you and create some kick ass art with them.
And please, if you have stories to share of your own phobias, post them to this article. I'd love to hear about them!