With the launch of the new site, let us start by asking that age old controversial question; What is art?
If you ask a psychologist, they might tell you it's an expression of your inner self, thoughts emotions and desires. Ask a sociologist and they may gush about how it's a facet of culture and how we view ourselves as an individual and how we fit into the grand mechanism of each owns society and the universe. But who SHOULD we be asking?
Webster's dictionary defines art as: 1. The product of human creativity; works of art collectively. 2. The creation of beautiful or significant things. Is that it though? What is beautiful and significant to one person or persons may or may not be so to another. A political socialite can look at graffiti and consider it a nuisance, whereas a street kid will look at the works of Mark Rothko as lame and boring.
I suppose a more proper definition of art, is whatever is beautiful and significant to you. Art is what stirs the individual. What makes you think, what makes you feel. A toddler can doodle on a scrap of newspaper and present it to his mother and she will love it and be proud. To her, it is art because it evokes emotion and significance . Anyone can be an artist, as long as what you are creating, is something beautiful and significant to 'you'.