As a lifer in the world of art, I have seen over and over that the creation of art parallels life in every way conceivable. Some people come into the world apparently hell bent to be a conduit of destruction and others come wanting nothing else but to create and to edify themselves and others through their art and the creation experience. Two distinct opposing forces. It really makes sense that art has a power that very few other things contain. It derives it’s source from a spring within that reflects the magic of being human.
The definition of aesthetics is, ‘a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty, especially in art.’ [dictionary.com] The definition speaks of beauty. Beauty in the mainstream art world has been somewhat frowned upon but the idea of pursuing the possibilities of aesthetics is viewed as being cool.
Aesthetics = Beauty. In the current world environment a little beauty can go a long way and the role of the artist, whatever the medium chosen, is of high value in countering the onslaught of political, religious, and all other dirt and corruption.
These days I search for things that move me in a soulful way in the midst of the daily chatter from those who believe we all want to hear about the ugly details of the worse of who we are. Technology allows us to share at will and what an opportunity to interject your creativity into the ocean of challenge we see day by day. Artists wield an extraordinary power to counter all that we see in whichever way we are prone. Alongside of all of the chaos that feeds upon itself there are amazing artists writing, composing, creating things that reflect what every politician, religious leader etc etc should aspire to. If we seek we shall find and when you do it can give us something to be hopeful about.
Beauty has more value than it ever has in our entire history. Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder but what a great thing to have that kind of diversity and points of view. I wish I could hammer home the idea of staying true to why WE are here and not being enticed to participate in the ugliness that pervades our lives and society week after week. My take away is focus on creating. Beauty. And not only that but sharing it in an exchange of appreciation and tolerance where our right of free speech and expression rights the ship once and for all and for all of us.
image: Leonardo drawing