Art, Culture

Why We Make Art?

Why we make art? From time immemorial, humans have taken on different dimensions. The practice has been intricately woven into our subconscious such that we cannot do away with arts, in generations to come.

But, how did we get here, how did we grow accustomed to practicing arts? The key to understanding the reason lies in discovering how we came to appreciate the arts so much that it became an integral part of our lives.

Humans Have A Strong Sense Of Attachment Towards Art

According to a study by a team of researchers at New York University, there is proof that humans have evolved to appreciate and enjoy wall arts. For thousands of years, our species have universally and consistently sought to engage in distinct art forms. We take part in the arts, regardless of our cultural identities, races, gender, and individual tastes.

The study, titled The Brain on Art, features a group of 16 observers. They showed these observers 109 artworks from the catalog of art museum images online database. They were asked to rank each painting on a scale of 1-4, answering the question ‘’how strongly does this painting move you’’. It was interesting to find that observers had strong aesthetic reactions to a different set of images.

The study also discovered that particular images moved the participants for different reasons.

Our universal fascination with arts proves that it has the power to connect people and culture. It also forms a basis for the reason we create art and allied.

Today, art has become one of the most creative ways to communicate our ideas, belief, and experiences. It is in fact, a medium to tell stories while creating visually compelling memories.

With art, we can turn an otherwise ordinary and insignificant experience into an appealing and extraordinary story that builds connections among people.

Why We Make It?

There are a plethora of intentions behind making art. They vary from person to person and across socio-cultural diversities.

To Incorporate Ourselves With Cultural Traditions

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Across different tribes, art forms an integral part of culture and tradition. It communicates the cultural richness and diversity of different ethnicities. Art is used in making representations of our favorite sports team mascot, weddings, and celebrations, in unique ways.

Art Documents The History

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We understand our past through the archives and testimonies that have been documented over time. We use art to keep a record of significant moments in history. The account given by artists depicts life in its truest forms, from historic days.

It further gives us an insight into our existence, alongside the rest of the world.

Art Is Used As A Medium Of Teaching

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Reading culture has drastically diminished over time. And now, more than ever before, learning has had to take a different form, as against conventional instructional methods. Art plays a key role in transferring knowledge, using visual cues.

Thanks to it, concepts, and ideas can be passed across and learned more effectively. Sometimes, arts can also complement written messages to evoke deeper meanings.

Art Is A Vital Part Of Storytelling

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We often define art as more of a process than a product. In telling stories, it can help the audience to understand the message being passed across, by opening them up to a unique perspective, through the power of imagination.

We Create As A Means For Self-Expression

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This is probably the most widely accepted reason to practice art. It allows artists and creators to express their thoughts and ideas in memorable ways. Perspective is an important element of it. When artists create artworks ad masterpieces, they impress their perspective unto the imaginations of their viewers.

For instance, Edward Munch was inspired by the orange sky he had recently seen when he painted the scream. According to him, the orange sky in his thoughts looked like nature was screaming. It gives us unique and diverse ways to express ourselves.

Art Helps To Show Reality and Ideals

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We make art because it is a splendid way to represent the world and society in its truest nature. It also helps portray what the artist thinks is ideal for that society. In doing this, the artist sends an important message to viewers who receive it with diverse interpretations and further spread the idea.

Sometimes, the true meaning may be lost, but in all, a new creation is formed from reality or ideal that originated from the mind of the artist.

Art Helps To Promote Introspection And Critical thinking

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We practice art because it helps to depict scenarios that ultimately moves the viewers into solemn reflections. A painting or picture that exposes key societal issues such as the horrors of famine, war, or neglect of personal health can force discussions that result in positive change. It, if used effectively, can help to send paradigm-shifting messages.

We Make Art To Show The Beauty Of Nature

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One way we appreciate nature is to depict it in unique forms, one of which is through it. Claude Monet was an avid lover of nature and expressed his love for the splendor of nature in his works.

Works such as irises in Monet’s garden, an impressive sunrise, and the water lily pond reflect the genuine beauty of nature and landscape.

Art Helps To Simplify Nature

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We can condense lengthy written information into brief infographics, without changing the meaning or details.

It finds a way to our hearts because it connects reality with imagination, medium, and processes. It brings to life stories and experiences we never had, in succinct and vivid ways such that we feel we are a part of the experience.

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About Urvi Chheda

Urvi Chheda begins to write without the will but ends up writing her mind. She is involved with multiple Art research projects while aiming to indulge in as many as she could undertake. Hardworking and intuitive by nature, she excels in reading and getting through the concepts’ abyss. She has graduated from the Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai, India.

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