On a trip to the MoMA, gadgets of flashing lights, blank canvases, and chairs hanging from wires surrounded me. Being somewhat of an art history guru, I knew modern art was unconventional, but the work within the MoMA altered my perception on art entirely. I realized that while traditionalists may reject a modern artist’s inspiration, and even disregard their work as art, others may think of it as a masterpiece. As I contemplated the meaning of inspiration, I realized that some, such as artists, find it wherever they work, regardless of their environment.
To understand the art of the MoMA the artists must have searched for motivation. Through the discovery of something stimulating, the artists perceived inspiration. The journey to arrive at one’s inspiration was beautiful, and in turn, part of the inspiration in itself.
I applied this logic of the modern artist to my own scholarly ventures. By exploring my environment, cultural outlets of NYC, I sought out true intellectual stimulation that inspired me. The adventure of finding exciting material at the MoMA was a catalyst for creativity. By unearthing scholarly arousal in my environment, I found that it was not only the surroundings I worked in, but also my journey to explore those surroundings, that revealed true inspiration.