Why do we create? What’s our drive as artists of any kind?
Google defines art as
"the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power."
I would personally take it a step further and less technical. In simple terms, I would say that art is when you take something common and give people a reason to rethink, reconsider, and ponder over it because of the changes you’ve made.
We are all artists of some kind. Maybe you don’t relate to visual forms such as painting or sculpture, but maybe the way that you make dinner, or the way you change the oil in your car. Maybe it’s the way you think about and run your business. Art is or has the potential to be everywhere!
What is it that drives us to be and do different? Why would we go crazy in the kitchen with outlandish tacos when we know that we could follow a plethora of recipes that would guarantee great results?
When you get down to it, past all the fluff and technicalities that can surround it, art seems to ultimately be about experience. Without the experience it’s simple nothing more than a skill or task.
I great pianist may be able to perfectly replicate Beethoven, (and it’s an impressive skill) but the moment she uses those 88 ivories to create something of her own… something from her heart… she’s stepped into the artists relam. Maybe she doesn’t like it as much as she like’s Für Elis but it’s hers and that feeling… that experience will make her want to do it again.
When we create we are doing so because of the way it makes us feel. Others may love it, or hate it. It could be beneficial to them or not, but ultimately you have created for you and your emotional benefit. And do you know what? That’s okay. It’s quite more than okay. It’s amazing!
That’s what we have to hold onto. It’s easy to sell out, especially when rent is on the line, or the starter goes out in the car. You still have to take care of your things. You still have to get life done, but you can’t lose sight of why you started your art in the first place. FOR YOU. For the experience.
Model: Polina of @AMAXtalent