For many free artists who are not associated with institutions, galleries, schools, creativity is the only window into a harmonious and pure world of colors, shapes, sounds, in which they are not constrained by the difficult circumstances of need, illness, in which they can speak loudly and sincerely, find accurate and vivid expression for their feelings. The art of outsiders is often not distilled l'art pour l'art, art for art's sake, shamefacedly concealing the pleasure of an art piece and the material conditions of its origin, but l'art du bonheur et de la liberté, art of happiness and freedom, which is often possible only with the help of a huge effort of all the creative abilities of the human mind.
It is said that we have some talent only because of the recognition of others. Creativity, like thinking, usually requires social sanction and approval; a person allegedly cannot 'really' engage in creative activity until authorities and organizations have recognized his rights. How can you be a philosopher if you haven't read all of Plato, Husserl, Heidegger? You don't have any right to think and speak. How can you be an artist if you didn't copy Velasquez, Brueghel, Monet, Picasso? How dare you draw and share your art? This kind of recognition, the right to work, is acquired in a basic form through professional socialization — through training in art schools, then through participation in exhibitions, doing payed commissions, and so on. In all this process, a person is considered as a function — if they are able to perform this role well enough and in accordance with conventions and conditionality, they get the right to be respected and their daily bread. But some outsider artists rebel against this model, they don't wait for permission, approval and praise to start painting, only their deep creative will is the impulse and core reason for their work. Usually living in difficult conditions, deprived of the opportunity to speak about their experience in order to meet acceptance, recognition, respect and understanding, they rebel against this silence with the help of art that becomes their ringing voice. Driven by courage, they create the impression as if tomorrow had already come and a person was no longer bounded by need and evaluation, and any personal experience was allowed and deserved respectful and particular attention, even if it couldn't be exemplary.
For such artists, art is a way of being, it is as natural as breathing. Another participant of the Outsiderville project, Elina Doll, writes: