Why lying down is an artistic superpower

Going from our habituated upright selves to more horizontal positions can do wonders for creative thinking.
a girl in a red dress lying down in a bright green grassed field.

In the art world, Salvador Dalí was famous for it. Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison were also ardent devotees. Closer to home, Australian playwright Hannie Rayson has a similar way of getting through her creative blocks.

It may appear to be a tightly kept secret, but it requires no special training or expert knowledge. Rather, it’s a technique that can be undertaken by anyone in need of a creative boost who has a few minutes up their sleeve and a hard, flat surface within reach.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).