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To what extent can we rely on our sense perception to interpret knowledge through art?

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´╗┐To what extent can we rely on our sense perception to interpret knowledge through art? Art can tell us things that cannot be said in any other way. But is this knowledge? Well, in my opinion, I believe that art is a form to express the artist?s feeling whether its purpose was to be shared to others or not. It is a way of communicating and sharing one?s knowledge through their emotion. This form of expression is something only art can do as I believe that every individual has its own way of thinking and interpreting an object. This means that art can be summarized through language however, what one person views or reacts to an art form may be different of what another person feels towards it even though if explained in words, it will be known to be part of the same meaning. Basically art tells us something that could not be explained in words itself as it has more emotion than what we think it means literally. Art becomes knowledge after we are able to reflect the art we have perceived as some similar object that we can relate to or we know existed. ...read more.

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His styles of paintings are all abstract. This little artist was a family friend of mine and he was undoubtedly a talented artist however he suffers from autism. His works have been displayed in art galleries in Indonesia and one of his first works displayed was an abstract oil painting filled with colours of white, brown, red and black. When I saw this painting, it made me wonder what the meaning behind his art was. This painting made me think whether it is possible, and should there be a meaning or message in every art?? Would this painting be counted as a knowledge that people can gain from similar to Pablo Picasso?s political paintings? Suppose that it can, then if for instance, I take it from an adult?s -an adult that has no connection what so ever to Emilio and has no clue of this young artist?s background- point of view, then he might think the picture represents heaven and hell. The reason being is because this painting has four layers of four different colours. The top of the painting was a long brush of white going horizontal, underneath it was a brown line, below that was the red line and lastly at the bottom is a black line. ...read more.

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Relating this back to the allegory of the cave, can what we see in this world perhaps be the reflection of the ?real earth?, the earth that may be the falsehood of what blessed people like Emilio see? If all these theories were true then Plato?s theory of the divided line would be applicable to Emilio?s art. This meaning that his art is in the stage of ?becoming? where opinion, which includes belief and conjecture, is taking place. His art is not the actual heaven nor hell or anything else but just the image of something people can give their opinion about interpreting through reasoning and logic or emotions. The reasoning of what I perceive and believe before is based on the knowledge I can reflect on because I know Emilio is a 5-year-old artist suffering from autism or some other state which I still find it a mystery. However, another person who does not know anything about Emilio may not be able to think on something similar to what I reflect upon. This proves that background and context can change the way we think about an art piece whether it would be either interpreted through reasoning or emotion. http://www.bachelorandmaster.com/creationofknowledge/allegory-of-the-cave.html ...read more.

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