Important Reasons to Appreciate Art

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We, as humans, are naturally drawn to art. We can see this in how we choose to spend our leisure time. First of all, when we want to relax, we don’t go looking for the big and industrialized part of town, we got to the park, the countryside, the beach etc. There is something about human nature that wants, no, needs to be in nature to feel our best. You might be wondering what all of this has to do with art. Well, let me explain.

→ What does art do for us?

Art has the ability to change where we find ourselves, both figuratively and metaphorically. It can transport us to a place far away or to a place inside of us that we’ve locked away or not yet accessed. Art, like nature, calms us, inspires us, and challenges us. We can forget about the daily grind and really immerse ourselves into a new experience. Similarly, if we partake in the production of art, we can explore our feelings in ways when words aren’t enough. There is a good reason why we use art as a therapy in the recovery of a trauma. When children lose parents, for example, they often have art-based therapy. This allows them to express and deal with emotions that they simply don’t have the words to express.

→ Art is different for everyone

Because art is interpretive, different people will appreciate it in different ways. We are not meant to view art on a surface level. It is meant to be thought-provoking. Some say that art isn’t complete unless it has been experienced by an audience. Similarly, it is really interesting to see how others appreciate art. We can certainly learn more about a person this way. Having an appreciation for art allows us to celebrate individuality as we learn more about the different interpretations of a piece.

→ We get to know the artist

Since many sentiments and emotions are really difficult to convey – let’s think about love and faith, for example, art is a means to express feelings whereby other media fall short. By appreciating art, we not only appreciate the skill of a hand, but we can experience and understand feelings and emotions. Through examining an artist’s work, we have the privilege to gain an insight into their mind and thought processes. Additionally, if we look at an artist’s work throughout their life, we can often see their ups and downs portrayed in their paintings.

→ A common language

Art has been around forever. We know that cave paintings happened long before the evolution of language. From this, we can understand that whilst we might not be able to speak another person’s language, we can always communicate visually through art. For example, we could be standing shoulder to shoulder with another person and have no common language between us. Give us a pencil and paper and we will be able to draw and communicate in this way. Draw a train, they will be able to point you in the right direction. Moreover, put us both in front of a work of art and we can both experience the same emotion. We can feel the same feelings and communicate through our shared experience of the work of art. Above all else, therefore, there is nothing quite like art for its ability to communicate.


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