For me, art is everything; from a way to find myself, to a way of losing and immersing myself… I find it as a way to express your inner being, words that you can’t say…
I am a young teenager, dumbfounded by the ways of society and quite…relatively…alternate. Art, when I have nothing, is what I have as my only asset. Why on earth would anyone then so believe in art therapy? I’ll explain why, building on the point of the question, “What is art?”
According to Wikipedia, art is “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.” This can explain why we find so much beauty, yet mystique, in galleries as we stroll from frame to frame, containing famous and not-so-famous paintings, sketches and designs. When we observe other people’s art, we feel drawn to it. As humans, we are emotionally attached to things of superior shape and appeal, and art (in all of its ways) can tick all of the boxes… And, as I have gathered with my own life with art and its many forms, I know why art can have such a profound place in people’s hearts. It represents dreams, history, stories of old and advancements of the new.
Nevertheless, before I continue, there is a point that I have to make. Excluding the fact that art is everything, it is also everywhere. From the design of your current home, to your clothes, to your favourite soap opera; art, whether you like it or not, know it or not, is everywhere. Our entire society is moulded by the creativity and artistic thoughts from someone’s mind!
So, what are all of the forms of art? Most of the art are found in literature, such as poetry, writing novels and short stories. There is the performing arts which focuses on music, dance, and theatre. And, there is the visual arts which consist of drawing, painting, photography, ceramics, and sculpting. Finally, we have architecture – the art of designing and constructing buildings. There are probably more arts out there in the world, but these are the most widely recognised forms of art. Have you ever participated in activities that include these forms of art? Do you work in an environment that specialises in art?…Would you like to, maybe in the future if you don’t already? There are so many arts out there for us all to explore and be involved in!
To conclude for this first article, I’d like to ask you a question…What is beauty to you? What is your aesthetic? Have you ever found beauty in a painting, in a drawing, in a song or statue? Is it the case that art brings out a sense of inner tranquillity, calming us down and letting us lose ourselves? Should we rely on art as much as we do to cure people, using art therapy for example?
Whether you have an answer to those questions, or if you’re still trying to remember the last time you visited the Tate Modern, I’ll like to remind you that art is everywhere and is everything to everyone ….whether you like it, or know it, or not…