What do you usually do when you feel really sad and uncreative?
This is a really difficult question to answer right now because I’m right in the thick of it, but I’ll try:
I turn to literature a lot. I think literature is a necessary aide to art practice and developing a habit of reading as much as you can is crucial. All my professors in school assign works of fiction in order to discuss ideas about art. Just recently, in my sculpture course, we read a really great Brautigan short story in relation to the topic of research-based artmaking. I found it very helpful.
Cinema is another great thing to turn to. I had to read a lot of film theory and criticism in a class I was taking called New Genres (which is essentially a catch-all term for ephemeral works of art that can’t be commodified like performance, video, etc). Watch films that make you think, watch films that make you feel good. Recently I’m very into Fellini and Rohmer.
If your mind is tired and you’re exhausted in every sense of the word and find it difficult to focus on anything even slightly academic (very much like me at the moment), go outside. If it’s too cold, take a drive. If you don’t have a car, ride the bus somewhere, anywhere. Open your windows and light a candle and play your favorite album if the weather is nice. Go somewhere alone, get lost in a crowd. Immerse your senses in something. It’s hard, I know. I’m right there with you.