Stephen Willats

The Creative Myth, 1986

Central to the dominant culture’s mythology for both artists and artworks are individualistic originality, the artist’s anarchistic behaviour and inspirational insights, and the artwork’s unique hand-crafted nature. This mythology as shown in countless historical examples, glorifies the artist’s inner psychological struggles, as representing some higher magical state from which some culturally significant icons will appear.


Printed in Society Through Art, Stephen Willats, Haags Centrum voor Aktuele Kunst, Den Haag, 1990