To further explore what is art…I am sharing with your what I said in response to the question. Of course the question in the group was asked…..What is art?
Art to me is like breathing. It’s a part of life…It is life. You don’t set out to create something—it calls to you and you help bring it to life.
Then people were trying to say is digital art or is this way art. They were trying to break it down.
Like they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think art is like that too. We look at it and see what we feel is the meaning of the piece. But it is open to anyone’s interpretation. So what is art to me might not seem like art to you.
That is the beauty of art—Freedom of expression. Don’t knock it down with endless discussion. Look–enjoy–learn. Only to some–at times just like beauty is in the eye of the beholder—-some of us might think that person needs to get their eyes checked. So live–look—if you don’t like it—move on to something else.
As an artist I belong to different groups. One is an monthly Artist’s Forum where members exchange ideas and tell what they are working on.
Online is a bit of a different matter. Especially on Facebook–the artists groups always seem to question exactly what is art. There never seems to be a peaceful or calm resolution.
I don’t know if it is because online.. people exhibit a different online or web personality. But this topic stirs up the wildest of critics and never seems to reach a conclusion. Sometimes people rant and someone ends up quitting the group.
I guess since the earliest cave person started to draw on the cave wall—there was a critic. Homer from the next cave, probably said “Hm–don’t like your colors or shading on the great beast you have drawn–Ugh Ugh…” Then the artist promptly decked Homer.
So since the early days—art has evoked passion—devotion—and endless contemplation.