Conversations on Inspiration


We bring back Ethan Rusch to hear his take on Inspiration. We get right to it with the Dominoes pizza issue and continue on with what makes Ethan tick. We move the discussion forward on how to overcome when there is nothing in the tank and we discuss how Ethan seeks out inspiration and doesn’t wait for it to fall from the sky. Sit back and enjoy the ride, you know with Ethan it is bound to be bumpy




This episode will be discussing Inspiration. Ah yes that elusive muse that artists of all disciplines seek to bottle and keep handy. The definition of inspiration according to Merriam Webster is a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelations, the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions, the act of influencing or suggesting opinions, the act of drawing in specifically ; the drawing of air into the lungs. Vik Muniz says that “The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A Lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see it.” Take a look at his website Vik Muniz is a Brazilian artist and photographer. Initially a sculptor, Muniz grew interested with the photographic representations of his work, eventually focusing completely on photography. Primarily working in series, Muniz incorporates the use of quotidian objects such as diamonds, sugar, thread, chocolate syrup and garbage in his practice to create bold, ironic and often deceiving imagery, gleaned from the pages of pop culture and art history. His work has been met with both commercial success and critical acclaim, and has been exhibited worldwide. Just one look at his portfolio and you can see he is in touch with inspiration.


What does this definition/quote mean to me: Inspiration requires an action, it doesn’t just drop in your lap and present itself. You can wait for inspiration that way, but eventually you need to get out and experience the world and look for the “beauty” of the world and try to capture it on your medium of choice. The quote is specifically relevant to me because when I am feeling “blocked” I just need to remind myself that by taking one look around I can write, paint, photograph whatever I see, hear, smell, touch, taste. I need to use all my senses and memories and perceptions and try to not judge initially too much. I can’t take and represent everything, but I can take a few things or one simple thing that stands out and represent it. This episode we will discuss what inspiration is, how do we seek it and what do we do with it. Let’s get the conversation started.


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