What Is Art And Why Do We Need It?


What Is Art And Why Do We Need It?

The meaning of art is wholly subjective. But therein lies the value, because it can communicate things that ordinary communication, visual or otherwise, cannot. Read on to find what art is and why we have it in our lives!

Firstly, What Is Art?

What Is Art And Why Do We Need It?
What Is Art And Why Do We Need It?

It can be in pretty much any form, but that doesn’t mean that just any form is art. Art has to try to fulfill its purpose and communicate something or else it is, in visual terms, simply just a picture. This can make judging whether something is artistic difficult, since we may not know what some piece of art is trying to communicate, and even when we think someone’s trying to communicate one thing, they may really be attempting to say something else entirely.

However, if you engage yourself fully in looking at enough art, you can form your own sense of what is meaningful and make those judgments yourself, and compare them with what other people think to form a better opinion. In non-concrete terms though, art is what makes life interesting. It is what makes things worth looking at for more than a second. It is what gives things meaning beyond simple utility, and it is what lets us talk about ideas that can’t be expressed in words. In that respect, it is one of the most important aspects of human activity.

What Is The Purpose?

The purpose of this is to communicate. Early forms of it can be seen as ways of communicating mythology and cultural traditions, and as our cultures grew art developed into new forms of communication. Sometimes it was meant to communicate the wealth and power of those commissioning it.

However, the artist always ends up communicating other things about the world we live in and our humanity simply through their creative depiction of people, places and things. This happens through the innate desire to create something meaningful. That can be either to a specific person, everyone as a whole, or simply the artist themselves. It can communicate what it feels like to be in a certain place and what an individual’s personality was like. There are certain ideas that challenge what we think we know about the world. It is unique and vital as it provides the spark for future ideas, meaningful expressions, and visual explorations.

What Is Art And Why Do We Need It?
What Is Art And Why Do We Need It?

Why Do We Have Art?

In short, we have it because we cannot duplicate nature. Beyond our ability to biologically reproduce, the best we can do is to represent the natural world we find ourselves in. You can depict it realistically in a detailed fashion. Or you can depict it in a less detailed but more immersive realistic fashion. Further, you can depict it in a less than realistic yet still representational fashion that tells a story. Or it expresses things in nature we don’t immediately see. It can even be in a non-representational fashion that still speaks about nature in terms of abstract forms, colors, movements. Even the most conceptual of art still speaks about nature in a roundabout way. That’s because we are all part of nature. All of our creations are part of our natural functioning.

Art can be beautiful or ugly, and it still won’t matter because it’s all about how one perceives it.

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