The Importance of Art, In Everything We Do

As humans we are all capable of creating art. In fact, we create art every day without even knowing it. Countless masterpieces are created daily and we are oblivious to them. But what is art really? Well, I like to think of art as being made up of three aspects: Creativity, Expression and Passion.

We often think of art solely as something we can touch, see, hear or feel. Like a painting, song, dance or film. But art doesn’t have to be anything physical and doesn’t even have to be measurable. You see, art is merely the bi-product of a creative expression and artistic action.

Creativity flows through us all – sometimes unknowingly – and is not just found in the painters, writers, actors or musicians of the world. Everyone on Earth is ‘a creative’ and that creativity wants to be let out. I’m sure you’ve experienced holding in a particularly strong feeling and having it eat you up inside. That feeling wants to be expressed!

When we allow ourselves to be Expressive with these feelings, we feel better – like a weight has been lifted from within us. It’s no secret that expressing ourselves feels good, and that some of the most influential and successful artists in the world are also the most emotionally expressive. The best music can be inspired from a painful or joyous past. Breathtaking theatrical performances can come as a result of turmoil or deep love. And often the most obscure and awe-inspiring paintings comes from the mind of a misunderstood painter. Art is linked, deeply, to strong emotions and created through a channel of passionate expression.

Passion is an open flood-gate of emotion, cascading through a creative path. Deep down, we are all chasing our passion and looking for an outlet to express it through.

Inventors alike, chefs or web-creators, all express themselves with passion and creativity in their field of work. Do you think the inventor of the smartphone kept all their feelings inside? No, they expressed them creatively to create maybe the most widely used and vastly influential piece of art of Earth today.

Art in everyday life.

Art is part of everyone and everything we do. It is important to embrace this, whether your art is parenting a child that always says ‘thank you’ or the way you make sure to make one person smile at your work every day. Your art doesn’t have to be something physical, visually measurable or even measurable at all. Just make sure you are expressing your true intent using your natural giving creativity and passion. Even though art is inside all of us it doesn’t belong there. It belongs out in the world, around us and we are created to create it. This is why art is not only important, but essential in everything we do.

For examples of my own personal artwork that I have created over the past ten years, check out the ‘Art Gallery’ section and make sure to follow this blog.

Artists: Do you Create for Money or Passion?

passion or money There is a linkage between economy and culture. This is reflected on the career path of Kevin O’Leary, entrepreneur, investor, artist, and notably known from the show ‘Shark Tank’. O’Leary became a successful entrepreneur before becoming an artist; he waited decades to be recognized as a fine art photographer (see his photos here, and they are of course for sale). Similarly, actor Jim Carrey, who we all know, has become a painter in the last six years (see his work here). Is it the case for the arts that one must follow first the money and second the passion?

The arts sector has been compelled to justify and develop arguments for the economic value of its output, which depreciates its intrinsic value (Caust, 2003). There have always been tensions between commercial and entrepreneurial imperatives in the context of the economic conditions for artists (see Symbolic power), which impedes them from pursuing their passion for the arts. Lewis Hyde argues that a work of art is a gift, rather than a commodity and artists are laboring in the service of his or her gifts. Hyde (2007) says,

Art matters to us—because it moves the heart, or revives the soul, or delights the senses, or offers courage for living, however we choose to describe the experience—that work is received by us as a gift is received. Even if we have paid a fee at the door of the museum or concert hall, when we are touched by a work of art something comes to us which has nothing to do with the price…the spirit of an artist’s gifts can wake our own. (p. xvii)

Hyde argues that the commodification of the arts could interfere with the artistic process. As “ideas do not circulate freely when they are treated as commodities” (Hyde, 2017, p. 107). He believes the commodification of the arts could destroy an artist’s gift and thus his calling.

In an age whose values are market values and commerce exists almost exclusively in the purchase and sale of commodities, the arena in which artists share their work has inevitably shifted from a gift economy to a transaction economy. And now more than ever, artists need to rethink their crafts.

Please let me ask you: Do you create art for money or passion?

 

References

Caust, J. (2003). Putting the “art” back into arts policy making: how arts policy has been “captured” by the economists and the marketers. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 9 (1), 51–63.

D’Andrea, M. J. (2017). Symbolic Power: Impact of Government Priorities for Arts Funding in Canada. The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 47 (4), 245-258.

Hyde, L. (2007). The gift: Creativity and the artist in the modern world (25th Edition). New York, NY:  Vintage Books.

 

Art Talk | Do We Need Artists in the City?

As an arts researcher and visual artist, I felt compelled to debunk some of the stereotypes and standing myths that were raised by the public about what it means to be an artist.The article We need artists to solve the challenges of this century, published in the Globe and Mail on June 12, 2012 and written by OCAD President Sara Diamond, generated a variety of mixed comments, the majority of which reflected stereotyped perceptions of the artist. Some of which I address here. Continue reading Art Talk | Do We Need Artists in the City?