FÉE VERTE

by CEVDP

 

La fée verte or green fairy, as it is often called, is a legendary drink. Invented in Switzerland based on the absinthe plant and other plants. Absinthe became very popular in France in the second half of the 19th century, its consumption overtaking that of wine for a while. The liqueur was attributed many effects including addiction and hallucination. This has been scientifically dismissed even though a few keen absinthe drinkers of the time quite gladly defended this myth. The main feeling is meant to be that of lucid and mind opening state of ebriety, explaining its attractiveness to the artist and bohemian type as a stimulant to creativity.

 

Prominent French artists and writers have been linked through their consumption of absinthe, many depicting or describing the drinks in their works. The drink was used as stimuli to creativity for the artists. A state of lucid drunkenness does sound quite interesting for any kind of creation. It would allow most of the barriers of one’s mind to be lifted without the blurred out vision a traditional inhibited state leads to. It seems to be the easy exit for any kind of creative block. Some claim that if one must drink or use any kind of substances to be creative, it is only in reality artificial.

 

Yet, isn’t creativity just one’s identity but unleashed from any kind of self-consciousness, a loss of consideration for the judgement of others, pure expression. Substances do not give you these creative abilities they just unlock them. Placebo drunkenness is common and shows that the whole idea is within us. This is no manifesto for the use of substances but for the release of creative self-expression free from convention and judgement. As Baudelaire once wrote: Get drunk! Stay drunk! On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!