Through the ages, art has played a fundamental role in life. We experience Art on a daily basis because it’s universal and therefore everywhere. Art plays a huge part in making our lives considerably rich. Imagine, just for a second, a world with no art. You may probably think “So what? ” but just consider the impact that lack of graphics would have on your favorite video game, on Internet. Art gives people a way to be imaginative and express themselves. For some people, art is one of the reasons they get out of bed every morning.
You could say that art is something that makes us less selfish and better-rounded human beings. From the Books we read to the houses we live in, art is constantly a part of a person’s life. Art is such a huge part of our everyday lives that we may barely even stop just a second to think about it. Look at the desk, room or building where you are, right this minute. Someone somehow designed that. That is art. Even your shoes and your clothes are art. Your mug is art. All efficient design, well done, is art. So, you could say that art is something that is both functional and hopefully pleasing to our eyes.
Most of art is created for a precise reason or purpose, it brings joy to people, and without art, there’s no life. I remember when we were young we use to think that art was only drawings and paintings, and that it’s only purpose was to have a good time, but “That’s just how we thought back then. We were young” (Diaz, 2004). Art is much more than that, art contributes to society by encouraging people to be more open-minded and to see things from more than one perspective. Art have the power to provoke us, to move us and to educate us. The arts are a kind of cultural conscience.
Art makes people look a bit deeper and closer at their social issues, at other people’s emotions, at the objects that they see everyday, at the nature around them and the life forms that surround them. It helps them see what is right there in front of them but that they can’t easily perceive. The artist brings out what cannot be seen or felt easily. When society feels clearly on these things, it offers chances for change in thought or enjoyment of the message behind the art. It can push people to re-examine their opinion on the subject that’s put in front of them.
Art is generally about self-expression because the artist feels positively enough about what he’s thinking and doing that he tries to put it in forms that he and other people can understand. The product of their self-expression can help many others because there will always be people who share the same opinions but they don’t know how to express themselves. These people will surely identify with the artist and draw support, purpose, and enthusiasm regarding the thing expressed. Everything in art has a purpose, some may say that “An odd feature of the colors is that they don’t seem to have any special purpose” (Ackerman, 2002).
They’re wrong. Colors change everything. Imagine the difference between a colored photography and a black and white one. The colors can tell a story. One of the purposes of an artist’s work is to make some kind of statement. It can be a statement as simple as the beauty of a landscape but it’s still a statement. The artist tries in someway to communicate an idea, an emotion or a point in their work. Artists create art because there’s something inside that creative person that needs to get out, it’s a kind of therapy or meditation.
They have the desire to express themselves and create something of great value that brings them pure joy. A painting, a movie, a poem or a sculpture, gives joy to its artist while he’s creating it, it gives him joy again after a certain amount of time, when it’s being presented to the public, and society. His art take on the extent of a social creation, the minute it’s available for other people to see. If that piece of art touches a responsive chord in the viewers, he enters in a long-lasting relationship with his fellow admirers after establishing communication.
It gives him the feeling that he’s being understood, that he’s not alone and that other people share his opinion or taste. For artists, there’s nothing more satisfying than working on their piece of art for days, getting to express themselves and make the impossible possible. Art also bring joy to the public. Movies are art, haven’t you someday went to watch a movie and got out after the theater, happy that you spend two hours watching it? Have you never, on a trip to a foreign country, been so amazed by a building, a sculpture or a place that you kept staring at it for a while and didn’t leave until you took hundreds of pictures?
I know I did. Art is essential in life, you can’t walk more than a few kilometers without seeing it, it’s everywhere and it’s what makes life pleasant and beautiful. People just can’t live without art. Art is life, it’s not something that can be placed in a shrine and replaced for life. In fact, art is an attempt to create, besides the real world, a more human unit. Furthermore, a proper work of art is everything but a shadow of perfection. Without a doubt, even those who view art as an ideal and artists as idealists can’t refute that art is a realistic mirror of the life and civilization of an era.
Clearly, it’s not possible to separate the arts from life. They are a piece and parcel of it. The thought can also be conveyed by saying that when life declines and the standards of living weaken, art also declines. Life itself is an art. The improvement in art reveals the progress of a country and its personal character. The relationship is, therefore, close and is becoming more and more evident. Then again, when life marks a rising swing and shows all-round enhancement, it reflect immediately in the arts.
To say that art is only restricted to the artist, the dancer, the musician, the singer or other craftsman is to take an unnecessarily rigid and limited view. It has been said that the object of art is to immortalize human emotions into thought, and then fix it in a concrete form. Art, like nearly all human beings, is unpredictable; it is no secret that artists and musicians work when they get the necessary inspiration. Transcription and imposition of authority are what art and artists definitely resent. In this sense art is a strong form of individualism.
Nowadays, art lacks an adequate definition, it is easy to explain it as the way something is done–“the use of skill and imagination in the creation of artistic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others”. Art contribute to society by bringing out what cannot be seen. Art is a part of life, it’s actually more than a part, it’s life itself, like they say: “Art touches everything, if you take art out of life, you take life out of society”.
1-Junot Diaz. (2004). Homecoming with turtles. Diane Ackerman. (2002). Why leaves turn color in the fall.