Imagination can lead to anywhere, anyone and anything. It has been vital to achieving greatness across all fields, namely art. So how critical is imagination in life? I would say very. And why is imagination important? Well, let’s see…
In a fiercely real world, where all of life’s truths and opinions can make or break someone, imagination is a form of escape. It can be anything including a calm and harmonious haven.
Definitions and distinctions
It is necessary to separate these two concepts because you you can imagine based on knowledge but imagination can also transcend knowledge and thus you cannot necessarily know based on imagination.
Why is Imagination Important…
It is more practical than experience
Imagination makes every single experience possible for you through your mind. It enables you to look at one situation from a million different angles. It allows you to experience things that in the coldest sense of reality, are not happening of reality and thus break through tangible barriers of creation and knowledge.
You don’t only have to limit yourself to visual imagination. You can go beyond that and start imagining using all of your senses – taste, scent, feelings and sounds. This will help your creativity even further.
Imagination does not make you impractical. In fact, imagination is important to strengthen your creative abilities. Through imagination, you can recreate and remodel your life for the better. Through imagination, you can create your own ideal world.
It has diverse uses
According to Remez Sasson, founder of Success Consciousness, imagination has a daily role in everyone’s life. Whether this role is noticed consciously or unconsciously, imagination is used in everyday activities like planning errands and taking over tasks.
When it comes to art, imagination is linked directly to creation. No one tells a true artist what to create. No artist has a list in front of him or her of what to do next.
Artists have to imagine each and every next work. Even realism is founded in imagination because as I mentioned here, the real trick is to draw with your mind rather than your eye.
The art of planning out and building a dream house from nothing, the art of designing a couture dress, or the art of writing a novel from the first word to the last.
These are all founded in imagination. And without it, humans would cease to be humans. The better your imagination, the better you will become at your art.
It enables growth and forward thinking
According to recent studies, imagination is important in a child’s cognitive development. Children are free to use their minds in the most creative sense because they don’t fully understand reality yet. More and more, the importance of fuelling this creative fire is being recognized.
Although accepting and understanding reality is obviously important, imagination should also be exercised regularly. Not only does this help keep the whole of the brain functional and healthy but also allows us to foster better relationships and plan ahead.
According to an article posted in The Wall Street Journal, imagination is necessary for kids to understand the experiences of others and to be able to put themselves in another person’s shoes.
Furthermore, imagination allows kids to think about and envision the kind of future they want to have for themselves. I would say it does the same thing for adults!
“Imagination is vital for contemplating reality, not just things we take to be mere fantasy”, says Paul Harris, a developmental psychologist and is presently teaching in Harvard Graduate School of Education. “Whenever you think about Civil War or even God, you use imagination”, he added.
The importance of imagination sets in the context of knowledge. Various students of the subject argue that it is that through imagination, a person fuels the drive for knowledge acquisition.
In a Ted talk forum, the correspondent Ayesha Ratnayake states that “if you are really passionate about a possibility you imagine (whether it’s a better education system or a revolutionary scientific theory), you will seek out the knowledge needed to test it or to turn your vision to reality”.
Some other responses from this forum include the following:
“Creativity is the product of imagination. So, both of them need knowledge to work and grow up together. Knowledge is static and creativity is changing, change is needed for new things to happen but to have change there must first be something to change; knowledge.” – Thomas Z.
“Both are necessary. Imagination drives inquiry and inquiry eventually leads to knowledge. With additional knowledge new levels of imagination become possible.” – Harald Jezek
It’s a main ingredient for success
As an artist, imagination is going to fuel your creativity, your action and your success. It’s going to propel your need to move forward, and instil passion within you using all of the possibilities that your work may hold. Imagining a new work, imagining the look on a buyers face when they see the work, imagining starting your own site, imagining opening your own gallery.
Of course you can’t reach success solely on imagination because success requires action. But it’s the main ingredient because it all starts in your head. No one great knew for a fact that they were going to be great when they just started, they imagined their greatness and that vision propelled them forward to fulfill their dreams.
And no one started off knowing everything they needed to in order to succeed. Maybe your dream is to open your own gallery. But you have no idea how to get the money, no idea how to buy the property, no idea how to build your collection from various artists. That’s okay!
You will get there – if you can imagine it, you can realize it. It’s just a matter of persistence and time.
As was said in this famous quote by Albert Einstein: “imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
Your development as an artist
Furthermore, developing your imagination is crucial for your craft. You will expand the possibilities of your work infinitely and ensure uniqueness and personal aura in each of your pieces.
Please comment below and tell us why you think imagination is important? Or how it’s helped you create some of your best work!