Jumping off from yesterday’s post, I’ve only recently become aware of just how important art and creative expression is to me, and just how much a part of me it always has been. Yet, I’ve really only now just realized why that is, for what it can provide.
Art, in general, not only evokes inspiration and an appreciation of beauty, but it stirs emotion and sparks conversation that either allows you to look at the piece from a different perspective or further cement your opinions and defend your viewpoint.
When I was in college, this was my favorite part of studying literature. What you take with you going into a book is just as important as what you get out of reading it. It seems that every reader has a different opinion or viewpoint based on their own experiences, and each opinion is just as valid as the one before (so long as you have reasoning to back it up).
In poetry, there are multiple interpretations of a single stanza, though the words are exactly the same and read by millions. In music, someone might be moved to tears while others might quickly skip to the next song. In art, one might see stars while another might see war.
My own tastes are rather broad. In music, I like everything ranging from rock to classical. In art, I favor everything from Renaissance Art to the Impressionists to Art Deco (Tamara De Lempicka) to Pop Art (Roy Lichtenstein). Much like music and books – if I like it, I like it; I have my own opinions and I’m not afraid to voice them.
But not everyone does.
People are often hesitant to express themselves and their tastes for fear of creating controversy, yet that is precisely why the world of art, in general, is so fascinating, so exciting. Creative expression is individualistic; having different viewpoints and interpretations sparks conversation and debate.
To me, art is just as much about that conversation, connecting with others and transforming your views, as it is about the appreciation of beauty.
What does art mean to you?