Art is hard topic to talk about because believe it or not is just something that explains itself. For the most part art is not something that is regulated, there is not one uniform way in which are can be. It can be a multitude of things and from all different parts of the world, with so many different meanings for so many different people it has so many interpretations. Thats what makes art creative everyone can see something different from the same work.
The problem that often arrives with art is the feeling that it must be critiqued, that otherwise to not talk about it would render the work useless to society and an essence would strip it of the honor of being dubbed art. The thought is that if this art is something significant in our lives that it must be looked at "under a high powered microscope" and some how an explanation must come as to why the said creator chose to use a certain medium rather than another, why certain colors were used, and anything else that may come to mind when looking at a work of art.
Art is everywhere and largely talked about especially in the Western part of the world. Importantly is the fact that is thought by some men that to successfully critique art that you must have a complete understanding of it. That art has a lot to do with our everyday lives the sounds, sites, behaviors and etc. What seems to get lost is the fact that each piece of art work is an expression of an individual's life, at any given time, a reflection of their life and the world that surrounded them. Also how it affected them because life affects everyone very differently, now two people see the world exactly the same, which debunks the theory of art being a reflection of a whole society. Since the prehistoric period and even now society continues to find direct correlations between the specific workds of art and how it relates to out everyday life. That is impossible because no two cultures are the same from individual to individual, from village to village and religion to religion. The idea of universal art does not exist nor will it ever.
Art is talked about though like anything else in our lives that don't necessarily fit out definition of whats normal in any given culture the way that it is talked about is how art form originated, the creator, what might have inspired them to do it. I must say that it is true that for every piece of art there is an inspiration there is a reason for the choices made in a tone of a poem, in the way a sculpture is built, and in the way the shades of a color is used to depict a feeling the artists heart at the time of creation. An example used to show how art and life are inseparable is the Yoruba sculpture where the clarity of the line is what is criticized. Not only is the sculpture lines important but also the lines in which are carved on Yoruba faces to show their personality, their status in a society, like our social security card its their means of identification. The Yoruba carver's lines is not just a hobby like a lot of westerners would like to believe but a direct reflection of their traditions. The functionalsit view which believes that art defines social relationships, sustaining social rules and sustaining social values, this is not the case for Yoruba or any cultures for that matter.
We need to understand that art cannot be defined, art is like life it just is. We just control what it looks like and how others can most of the time perceive it.
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