Risk is an Indispensable Ingredient for Creative Growth

Why artists need to take chances

Christopher P Jones
5 min readMay 23


Photo by Svetlana Pochatun on Unsplash

In 1972, the performance artist Chris Burden devised an artwork in protest against the Vietnam War: he asked his friend to shoot him with a .22 calibre rifle.

He explained his motives:

“I had an intuitive sense that being shot is as American as apple pie. We see…