French conceptual artist Amelia Gentleman believes that her best art comes from her lowest times. Particularly bad relationship break-ups have inspired her to create some of her best work.
“I had a project that I wanted to do when I split up with the last man that I was with, but the pain went before I had time to put together the idea. In a way it was very frustrating – there just wasn’t enough pain and I couldn’t continue to do the work once it was gone.”
She wouldn’t be alone in finding inspiration from misery. Think of Vincent, Egon Schiele, Munch, and a thousand other great artists from art history.