practice of art was recognised by the antique world to often
be a cause of melancholia in the Artist: I've certainly experienced
my fair share.
However, it also goes some way to explaining
why it is that in certain creative spirits there exists a
natural affinity with the absurd.
It is as though, at a subconscious level, the
expression of the ridiculous acts as an antidote - helping
to ensure the continued psychological well-being of the artist.
Perhaps this explains why the great Tradegies
in ancient Athens were traditionally rounded-off with the
riotous irreverence of a satyr play.
The sublime and the ridiculous are, it would
seem, both necessary to the health of humanity.