My mind has been racing the last few days, as I’ve reimmersed myself in my blog and reinvigorated efforts to trawl for new art exhibits and to seek out art in the every day.
Part of this has led me to re-think: What is art anyway? And so I looked up the definition:
1. 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.
2. the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.
One definition explains art as only visual; the other expands to other dimensions, including another of the five senses – sound.
No, not sound, music. Sound can be a singular note, but notes/sounds pieced together as an orchestration becomes music. The same phenomenon occurs in the physical dimension too, as hundreds of brushstrokes convene on a canvas to create a nose, a cheek, a forehead, a portrait, and as soft pieces of clay within the sculptor’s hands create the ears, the lips. a sculpture.
Refocusing on the discrete definition of art doesn’t bound me to think of art in a particular way, in fact I think it enables me to see the links between various manifestations of art (sight, sound, touch, taste — smell?), which ultimately offers an entirely new understanding and appreciation of art.