"What is the major role of art in our lives?” This is perhaps the most common question most individuals think about. Is art only limited to theatres, orchestras, and museums?
The debate always prevails. Some people might say that we can call art only those things, which are approved to be so by the authorities. On the other hand, there are some who bring forward a certain point that art is the main product of the relationship right between the audience and the creator. Moreover, it has something to do with the intent of the artist or producer.
What is art anyway?
We cannot deny the fact that there have been difficulties when it comes to defining what art is, but as we define it in the general perspective, it is the product of the creative activity of the human mind where the materials are selected or shaped in order to convey emotion, idea or even visually entertaining form. Art cannot be defined as an ordinary object mainly because it implies monetary and most of all intellectual and social value. Since art is growing, it makes harder and impossible to have clearer and constant definition.
Art in other forms has existed as long as humans. It is one of the most important parts of our daily lives. Art is present in different cultures in different parts of the world. Most individuals have a deep appreciation for art. They always enjoy observing or even creating it. There are some who even support it financially or through volunteering.
Art is integral in one’s culture and this is all because of the fact that it provides deeper and wider understanding of self-awareness, emotions, and a lot more. Listed below are some of the reasons why we need art in our daily lives.
Art Records the Society’s Emotion
It is very important for us to know our own rich history. We learn the places, people, important events, dates, and how and why things around us occurred. Through the work of an artist, art primarily provides us different insights into our own history. Art shows us how various events impacted the lives of many. Because of it, we learn the happiness and joy felt during those times and we see the despair and pain during the times of suffering. We see great hopes as well as dreams, or regrets and fears of our own past. Art lets us get much better understanding of how different events all throughout our rich history have shaped the society into what we are in the present.
Art is Natural Part of Our Everyday Living
There is always an urge with us to make and at the same time express feelings through art may it be in artwork, print, abstract art, paintings, and many more. Just observe those children with box full of colorful materials and a piece of paper. There you will see it. The urge mainly comes from the need to attain the proper balance within ourselves. Balance is always felt most especially when you are making something you really wish to be. There are times when the forms of communication are not enough to express ourselves; this is where art comes into the big picture.
Art Bridges the Gap between Different Cultures
Because of art, we gain understanding regarding the cultures in our past while gaining insights into various cultures at present. There is no language or even distance barriers in art as it is universal. Through observing the artwork of different artists from other cultures, we gain much better understanding of their own lives. We are able to get glimpse of the existence of other individuals through their own eyes. Art is a very powerful tool that has what it takes to enhance not only communications but also relationships between different cultures.
Art Encourages Better Commination and Critical Thinking
When we make art, we make wise decisions all through the process. When we view art, we also make wise decisions on how to deduce what we are viewing. We utilize both reason and logic in order to attribute the real meaning to what we view or what we make. Since art has a very intense emotional connection with us, the choices are passionate to use. Because of this, we are given the chance to defend them and explain them to other people. It helps us strengthen our own critical thinking skills while enhancing our way of communicating our emotions and thoughts to others.
Art helps us Attain Much Better Self-Awareness
We are now living in an ever-changing and fast paced world of fragmented thoughts and quick decisions. Creating art lets us slow down and at the same time experience full range of different emotions. Viewing others’ artwork can definitely give rise to different emotions that are within us. It will then help us explore and deduce what we are feeling. Understanding our own emotions can really help us improve, grow, and even heal ourselves. Increasing our self-awareness through the help of art can absolutely lead to the peak of success not only personally, but also professionally.
Art Improves the Way We Live
Art can definitely make the society more beautiful and worth living. Art makes spaces people work in even more interesting. Our own home reflects great possibilities via the kind of artwork we choose to display. Art can certainly inspire us, motivate us, and make us happy. Living in functional worlds might lack in meaning. This is perhaps the main reason why we need to express what we really feel through art. We should surround ourselves with expressions of other people around us.
Life is indeed boring without art; that is how priceless art is. Art is part of our lives and will always be. Aside from power, it highlights prestige and wealth in a way that the work of art is priceless. Priceless that it can provide extreme emotions to people who own it or even to the one who just get hear or see it. Art is definitely an important element of our everyday living.
Alvin A. Aquino
Alvin is a visionary poetic philosopher who seeks Enlightenment in life. Forging for a new way of understanding by sharing his personal experience and intuitive ideas for human development through creative pursuits.