What is Art?
This is what the dictionary says:
-the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
-the class of objects subject to aesthetic criteria; works of art collectively, as paintings, sculptures, or drawings
-a field, genre, or category
-any field using the skills or techniques of art
This is what I say:
Anything, Real, Tangible.
Or Authentic, Real, Tangible.
Or Authoritative, Real, Tangible.
I particularly like authoritative, because that states you are the authority. You don’t need anyone anything, or any governing body for that matter, to tell you what you have authority over or what you are allowed to make and call “art” or “like”.
No one, no any, outside of you, gets to define whatever is real and tangible to you.
Authentic is a good word too, because it means genuine, true, and real.
Real. What is really real? That is a whole topic on its own too, but for now, let’s just simplify it by saying it is anything that exists.
And tangible? Tangible is what is real, right? So, if you can touch it, it is tangible and real.
But is tangible only what can be touched to be considered real?
A poem might not be a physically touchable, like a sculpture, but it is still tangible if it touches your soul. It is still real because it caused you to feel.
So tangible to me, means what touches your senses, not just the sense of touch.
Art life and life is art.
You are the artist as well as the art. (More on this topic in another post).
Art brightens our days and makes us smile. Or, it touches us so deeply that it makes our souls weep. It calms us, but it can also call us to action.
Art makes us stop and take notice. It can be subtle, or in your face, but it won’t be ignored.
Art triggers sensory experiences.
Art makes us feel.
In other words, art is a portal.
It is an entrance, a door, a gate.
It is an invitation to get into your body and experience.
Art speaks in symbols: Color, words, shapes, lines, geometry, images.
Art bypasses the conscious minds and goes straight to your imagination.
Art doesn’t have to be perfect or ultra-realistic; that is just a lie to keep people intimidated, scared, and ashamed of their innate creative nature.
Art is a rabbit hole of what if’s and possibilities.
Art is not a luxury; it is a necessity.