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Art Opinions The question of "what is art?" has been asked a thousand times. We've been pondering over what art is for years upon years. Some say art must be beautiful to the eye, ignite an emotion, or reach out to the observer. Some say art is not art until it changes their point of view, belief, or opinion. Others say, art is simply a replication of human expression. With all these different opinions and ideas about what art is, could one really answer the question: "what is art?" In order to attempt to answer this question, other questions must be asked. Does art have to be man made or can it be purely natural? Does art have to be manipulated and imitated by a human or can it just happen? Does art have to be seen by more than one person in order to be art? With all these questions a reasonable place to start finding answers is the dictionary. ...read more.


A man, observing my interview with the little girl caught my attention as I was leaving. He'd been thinking about his answer for some time. "Art is human expression of the human condition." He said with a matter of fact, but his answer is broad and vague. To this man, art could be anything a human does. To this man, art is simply a verb. Weeping, winking, pacing, peeing, snoring, snickering, or the conversation he and I were having. This list could go on and on. If art is merely a verb, then the life we lead is merely art. Art should have more meaning and depth to it. Art should capture the feelings of the creator as well as the beholder. Art cannot possibly be one's monotonous daily routine. Instead, art should make one think twice about life. Later that afternoon, I asked an SOU student the question, which was more difficult to respond to then she expected. "I don't know" she answered. ...read more.


The birds started chirping and singing to one another, each note getting louder than the next. Their boisterous song cut through the silence of the morning. Then, without missing a beat, they stopped in unison and flew off into the sunrise, making the most beautiful patterns with one another. I watched them until they were gone. Could my experience solely have been art? Or does my experience become art after I represent it through drawing, or sculpting, or writing, or story telling? I, as a receiver was touched by this experience, which influenced me to become an artist, who poorly recreated a symbolic imitation of the emotions I felt at that point in time. My description of this morning is but a glimpse compared to the experience itself. Unless chills crawled up your back while reading the description, there is little resemblance. Nonetheless, I was emotionally moved by my experience, and deem it as art. Art. It's a personal, inexplicable, somewhat magical consciousness of emotions that create action or reaction. It's what the artist makes. It's how the onlooker perceives. It's why we think twice about life. ...read more.

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