It’s April and time for another Blog All About it: this month’s prompt is Art
The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
Works produced by human creative skill and imagination.
Art is such a broad topic, all involving creative pursuits or a view of a thing with an intention of seeing beauty, reflections of the natural world, a perspective previously unseen, or to represent an emotion, moment, or struggle. Art was used in its earliest forms as depictions of life and the world as seen from the mouth of a cave, or the crest of a hill on the plains. Art also was used to depict ‘creation’ stories, as early people struggled to define themselves, answer questions for natural events, and even to find the answers to that never-ending question “why are we here”.
When hearing the word art, many tend to instantly bring paintings and sculpture to mind – everyone knows the Mona Lisa, The Water Lillies and Starry Nights. Some are drawn to the more abstract and challenging works from Picasso or Pollack, others find artistic value in comic books, cartoons and religious iconography.
Personally, I’m flexible and quite fluid in my taste – I appreciate the relatively simplistic yet wholly nuanced images of the paintings from the Lascaux Cave, almost as easily as I can appreciate the glorified realistic sculpture depicted in the Ife Head. Art is really a moment of time captured – the artist, the subject and perhaps even a combination of intentions and statements that should and does live long past creation.
There are also far broader interpretations of art: dance, music, literature, photography… almost any activity can somehow relate or be seen as artistic. Architecture, the universe, even simple things like atoms and molecules carry a sense of art with them if you are inclined to view each moment as examples of beauty. But it doesn’t all have to be universal: the Nazi’s found much to despise and banish as the imagery was contrary (or as I prefer to think – the frustrated Hitler, with limited artistic talent was jealous) or challenged beliefs, or ‘history’ after a cleansing to better suit the polemic of the day. Images, movement, stasis and color are able to evoke emotional responses that are instinctive and visceral, even as attention is drawn to them: they mark history and progress, beliefs current, past and even long-since forgotten, representational or completely abstract – art is universal and omnipresent. If you allow yourself to see it.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: