With all the perplexity and misguided perceptions concerning
today's definition of art - it is little wonder people are confused.
I believe much of the bewilderment surrounding
the meaning of art is a result of people's tendency to use
object-referral thinking by using other peoples' opinions as the means
for formulating their own. Art, both the
creating and enjoying of it, ought to be intrinsic. You should
never let anyone else's opinion cloud your own perception of an art
I have stopped trying to explain my work
to others as I realize that the interpretation of a piece is in the eye
of the beholder. We each see the world through our own unique
window that has been created by our personal experiences, our thoughts
and our conditioned thinking.
Art is a means by which we celebrate our
individuality and diversity. The form it takes can be anything
from the way in which we choose to decorate our homes, the music we
select, the films we watch, the meals we craft to the drawings we
sketch. Everyone has a fundamental urge to participate in some
form of creative expression at some stage in his or her life.
is an integral part of our being. Sometimes we dismiss the
importance of art because its not needed to sustain existence on this
planet. If you were an animal this would be true, but the need
for creative expression and appreciation of beauty distinguishes us
from animals. We have a subconscious craving to stimulate body,
mind and soul. Our spirit also needs its nourishment and
creativity is a way in which we can get in touch with that part of
Art is a physical or material manifestation of ethereal
thought, feeling or spirit.
Throughout history art has been created for
many reasons; meditation, wealth, to communicate, to protest, to
express culture, define religion, to decorate and just for pure
pleasure. Art, therefore is an extension of self, ones culture, and
reflects our history.
Is there such a thing as good or bad art?
fundamental answer to this question lies within another question.
Who's opinion are you thinking? The art (including music, theatre,
writing etc.) you are drawn to or distain are a reflection of your
own unique personality. No one should be able to tell you who you
are. Some art critics, gallery owners and dealers
tend to want to be the sole definers of "good art" and "bad art."
There will never be a clear universal definition of what art is because
everyone's perceptions, tastes, experiences and ideas are so different.
Art, in its various forms, is an important part
of life. It adds to the color, excitement, joy and beauty to our
vibrant, diverse world. Without it the earth could be a cultural
desert and we would be one more step away from knowing who we are and
why we were born onto this planet in mystery.