So, what is art?
To be able to “have” art, I think it’s essential that I know first what it is, don’t you agree?
You see, the problem I have with the word “art” is that is used so freely, so thoughtlessly.
“I love your art!”
“You have such great talent for art!”
“I’m amazed at your art!”
What about the ugly things that are also created with skill? Are they “art” too?
To approach the question “What is art?” I must work with two principles that have proved efficient when it comes to studying anything:
1) Understanding the value of ignorance.
2) Understanding the value of intellectual humility.
The value of ignorance: If what we see is affected by what we know, then in theory, it would be more sensible to see things first as they are without any background knowledge, and then with a little background knowledge. When we deal with art that we are familiar with the artist, then it changes. Tricky , huh? Ok lets try an experiment. Look at this painting, absorb it.
This is by Van Gough.
It was his last painting before he committed suicide.
Notice how that last statement changed the way you looked at it? Did it change what you were looking for in that painting?
What we know changes what we see.
This makes me think that maybe art in itself is always personal, always subjective to the expectation. Art does not change our life, our life, our experiences changes what we see in art!
All this time I’ve been looking for that inspiration that will make art, when my own negativity, depression and desperation were changing what I saw as art!
What do you think?Maybe I'm on to something here?