Jim Carrey needed color. In this astounding short documentary, the famous comedian and actor lets the world into the six years of his life when he took himself out of the public eye — and what he’s been doing. His artwork is a totally new side to Carrey — and this constant reinvention is important to him. “I get to a certain point where people go, ‘Oh, my God, you’re really great. That’s what you are.’ And I go, ‘Nope. I’m something different,’” Carrey told Colin Stokes, associate cartoon editor of the New Yorker. “I want to constantly be fashioning the limbs to this avatar and I want to constantly be growing, so what happens is I get a lull in popularity a little bit, and I kind of go away and I learn a new thing.”

He’s come out as fiercely political and deeply artistic. You can get a sense of the last few years of his journey here:

Jim Carrey: I Needed Color from JC on Vimeo.

He is constantly finding new ways to channel his life into art. “All pain becomes art. That’s the rule,” Carrey explained. “Some horrible thing happens in your life. For me, I end up at the art studio.” Whether it’s discovering himself, understanding the consciousness of Jesus, or explore the nature of love, that’s where it’s all happening for Carrey — for now.