Do We Need Art in Our Lives?
The answer to this question is one big, whooping YES! Try for a second to imagine a world without music, without dancing, without paintings and sculptures, without films. It’s quite difficult, isn’t it?
There is evidence that prehistoric people painted, enjoyed storytelling, made sculptures and tried to make music. We’ve all seen children humming tunes while playing and bursting into spontaneous dance all on their own. Today art permeates our everyday lives and makes us stop to appreciate the beauty surrounding us.
Why is it that people need art in their lives? We’ll try to give seven reasons for this.
- Art humanizes us.
Human beings are the only creatures that make art. Creating art is a demonstration of fundamental, primal human behavior. Every culture in the world has it, just like every culture has their own language and tradition. It is a part of who we, as humans, are. To put it quite simply, it makes us human beings.
- Art is a form of communication.
Man is a social being who uses language to communicate with other people, and art serves this purpose as well. It has always been a means of sharing information and expressing ideas. Through art, people can share their visions and thoughts when they are unable to express them otherwise.
- Art gives inspiration.
Just like one art can inspire another, one artist can inspire another colleague. There have been many artworks taking inspiration from other artworks in the form of homages, responses, and even parodies. It is always interesting to see how two takes on the same subject matter can be both similar and yet so vastly different.
- Art can heal.
Many artists find the entire process of creating their artwork to be therapeutic and healing. During the process of creating, both mind and body work together in harmony and help the artist reflect and look inward. And experiencing art can also have the same effect. It can make you stop and think, and even inspire you to do something yourself.
- Art represents a collective identity.
Many pieces of art which can be seen in museums across the world are seen as examples of national identity and culture. They are seen as something that people can bond over and connect deeply, and that is why these pieces are synonymous with the identity and patriotism that defines a nation. Art keeps people connected and together sharing the same experience.
- Art tells the story.
Art shows the experiences and events during a specific period in time, of specific people, in a specific place, showing specific beliefs, feelings and values. It serves as a history lesson and a chronicle helping us understand the events of the past. Studying art history helps us learn about human beings and the world they lived in. Art is representative of both the individual and the shared history of humankind.
- Art makes us think.
Art can reach us and stimulate us on the subconscious level. It touches distinct areas of our minds and flares our brains in the most complex and alternative ways. Art alters our thought processes and imagination, thus enriching and broadening our experience of the world. It makes us compassionate, more perceptive, and better as a whole.