And all is always now: contemplations on artistic talent

J Relig Health. 2008 Mar;47(1):70-4. doi: 10.1007/s10943-007-9132-3. Epub 2007 May 24.


This paper aims to suggest the notion of layers of dying, as a metaphorical discussion of states that call for the breakdown of opposites and a unification in the form of a lived experience. Artistic talent is seen as a personal capacity to sustain such a state and transform it into a communicative form that is accessible to us all. Winnicott, in his "fear of breakdown" paper is a main source of influence, along with Bion who encouraged the articulation of "stray thoughts."

MeSH terms

  • Creativity*
  • Humans
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Terminally Ill / psychology*