Almost everyone has heard about J.M.W. Turner getting himself strapped to a ship’s mast and taken out to sea in a wild storm. It was the need for “authentic fear.” Cases of artists painting naked just prior to creative activity have also been known. Dame Edith Sitwell liked to lie in a coffin before starting her day’s writing. Was it the feeling of privilege to be still above the grass, or was it something to do with the musky smell? Studies into historical muse-hunting suggests that artists ought to indulge and embrace their oddest inclinations.
Perhaps it’s just part of an artistic whim of claiming own uniqueness. Who knows?