Ideas for making art outside the box

Need to break out of your normal creative routine? You're not alone – here are some examples of artists not afraid to push boundaries to inspire your next move.

Artists are known for bucking expectation, but even in the art world – where unique ideas are celebrated – there are often expectations around how these ideas should be expressed.

That’s why many artists have decided to make a name for themselves by creating art that doesn’t play by the rules.

No matter where you are in your artistic journey, there’s a lot of value in getting ‘bizarre’. For example, art made with unusual materials or composed in an unexpected way can create a deeper impact with viewers – who will be more likely to remember it. It can also push you out of your comfort zone and force you to think outside the box. 

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