Lee Krasner in her studio in the barn, Springs, 1962

Photograph by Hans Namuth. Lee Krasner Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 

Originally published on Artsy.

Like many people, I have been an insomniac for most of my adult life. In times of unwelcome wakefulness, I let my mind wander into unexplored territories. Entering a surreal and sleepless dimension, I sometimes consider giving up on the painful process entirely and writing—in the hope that my absurd thoughts aren’t unintelligible nonsense, but, just possibly, flashes of creative genius (this has yet to happen).
Although I may not be particularly productive during these agonizing hours of the night, many artists throughout history have successfully dedicated their sleepless sufferings to creativity...

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