Aubrey Cruson

Picture of Megamind meme white board drawing.

Art in itself eludes definition, but I will try nonetheless.

Art is complex and intricate.

If all the number of words in the world were available, 

it could not be defined.

Art is all of the words in the world, 

in every orientation imaginable. 

Art is all of the stars in the sky, 

and in every grain of sand.

Art is an idea. Interpretation. Reinterpretation, 

convoluted forever with no end. 

Art is everything all at once, 

while still achieving such innate specificity. 

Art is a thought, 

turned into something for the world to see.

Art is a thought turned into something, 

for just one person to see.

Art is, 

it exists to comfort and discomfort.

It exists for any and every purpose.  

Art, since the beginning of human societies, has been a foundational part of communication and being. For example, the most ancient societies have been discovered with murals and carvings in caves, or drums made with animal hides. Art is something that separates mankind from the rest of the animal kingdom, through its complexities and interactions. 

It is something so crucial to the human experience, and yet it is somewhat elusive. While that is something that makes it even more beautiful, the fact that “art” covers such a wide variety of mediums can often be confusing and unattainable. 

With definition comes limitation. Limitations are evidenced in physical art through the imposed value on realist, over more abstract pieces. Another way it can become limiting is through rules and “purists” within music communities. 

People may often become so wrapped up in a way of doing something, because that is how they like their art. They become caught up in forums and logistics and strict definitions of styles. This viewpoint leaves them closed off to new genres and experiences. People begin to value art less because it doesn’t check off their boxes, rather than seeing it as its own creative artwork. 

People begin to
value art less
because it
doesn’t check
off their boxes.

On the other hand, art is deeply rooted within cultures and societies, and their traditions and works should be respected. If done respectfully, traditions can be evolved into more beautiful work. Art borrows from one and gives to the other constantly; the little changes are what make it unique. 

Art is fluid, not something set in stone. That being said, it is actually important to prefer one form or sect of art more than others. To seek out art, whatever form, that resonates to you is exactly the point. 

It is when one becomes critical of art with no reason other than it doesn’t perform how they like it, that there is an issue. When audiences become so particular about how they like their art to be, it leaves no room for creativity. 

If art makes a viewer uncomfortable, criticism often follows. Just because the art is displacing, uncomfortable, or different, there is no loss of value. Intended audience is also important to take into consideration. 

If someone is critical of art because it’s not to their taste, they are likely not someone who understands the piece. Art cannot fit into one box that works for every audience. 

Be open minded when consuming art. 

Go into it with fresh ears and eyes. 

Think about biases, motivations, rationales. 

There are so many aspects that go into making art. Go in fresh and eager…ready to take in, not judge.