Art what about it?

Art, What about It?

"Our success lies in the ability to translate from the subjective idea through to the art that expresses that idea."


Throughout history, mankind has experienced a changing relationship with art: whether it has been found in ancient Egyptian and Chinese culture where monarchs and high ranking officials have been entombed with their art riches, or where nations have warred on each other and the victors have pillaged the artworks for themselves. By implication, is art more important than life?


Yet we humans are surely sensory beings and, as such, are stimulated by that which forms our environment. In most cases, where the space is occupied by 'living sensors', art contributes towards creating visual harmony. Even in minimalistic interiors, the created spaces and structural shapes are in their own right an artform. One would therefore want to conclude that art contributes to such a space. However, it is how this visual and often personal component is employed within a living space that either achieves a pleasing result or not.


Hilton Hotel foyer sculpture

Art heals on different levels. Whether through providing the viewer with a sense of restfulness, or whether it excites, the viewer responds emotionally. It is our emotional well-being that impacts our state of health, our performance, and our relationships. It is no coincidence that art may now be found in hospitals. Visual harmony in the context of our interior surroundings remains an essential component to our well-being.


Art need not be only the preserve of the wealthy. It surrounds us in many forms, and even if one cannot afford the original work, affordable prints can be obtained. One can further appreciate art by attending exhibitions given by both the National and privately owned galleries. It may even be appreciated at the side of the road - be it good or bad, it is but a matter of personal taste or judgment.


Fortunately, the world still has great institutions like the Louvre, and the National and Metropolitan Galleries. As a result of their efforts, we are able to share in the presence of some of humankind's greatest achievements - both past and present. One should take notice of the continual progress achieved by certain nations, in spite of their respective social challenges, and ask whether the inclusion of art has proved to be of inspiration. Is it coincidence that art seems widely appreciated amongst the more successful? After all, nations are but people, having "states of being" and "states of consciousness".


Art may indeed be embraced at a level relative to the individual man, woman and child, providing the individual with an interactive experience. Whether it lies in the appreciation of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, Matisse's economy of line, Picasso's Head of a Bull (using a bicycle saddle and handlebars) or Leonardo's Mona Lisa, it all really remains a personal experience.


And where does art belong? In all of one's life! It is by inclusion of art into our life experience that we become the richer for it. In conclusion: " Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it. Robert Motherwell