Musings on Art
What is the true purpose of art? Or is the question itself at cross-purposes with the artist as opposed to the art? Can art serve multiple purposes, even when originating from one hand? Can there be, or should there be, only one answer to this question?
I think the ultimate purpose of art is multi-faceted. It serves to represent a tangible reflection for those who would otherwise stumble blindly through their lives without stopping to smell the roses. It comforts many by reminding them that there is beauty, hope and rebirth in this world, as well as pain, ugliness and death. It offers differing viewpoints of the world, but doesn’t demand that one see only one perspective. The viewer or beholder can take or leave the message as they see fit.
The more I read about the processes by which our minds engage the world through our various senses, the more I understand that everything is a form of illusion or hallucination. When our minds are working well, we share a very similar hallucination, one in which we are usually in agreement on. But it is a slender thread that connects us all. Artists are willing to see beyond the thread, past it and into it and around it and try to make sense of the things we see, hear, etc.
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