Explaining art’s context

This piece lay unclaimed, and unseen for most of the time since it was created, years ago. It was one of my earlier paintings, I can even say nostalgically that it was one of my first such paintings; on canvas, using acrylics, at my first apartment after moving out on my own… 

Year after year I become more of an artist – art becoming more natural to me. And yet, I will always struggle with understanding the next aspect, the next dynamic, etc. 

The artist doesn’t know what good art is, the artist feels what good art is. I don’t know if this piece of art is good – I can break it apart and tell you about all the qualities and traits that make it up, but I won’t know if they have any value unless I equate you, your life, your feelings and your history into the formula. For the artist himself it is different, because the artist’s life is always changing around the art being created. There is nothing stagnant or still, nothing tangible. The value of the art he creates moves subordinately to his feelings and progression in art. On the other hand, the context of the art is a knowledge that the artist holds closely in memory, and in turn reflects value onto the articles of art it is tied to. Therefore there is value that can be seen and value that is unseen. Communicating the physical, seeable value in a piece of art is a disheartening task if you don’t know how to communicate the unseeable context behind the art.

Explaining the context of a piece of art is an aside, it is a separate piece of art in its own right.


8 thoughts on “Explaining art’s context

  1. I must say…what an artist you are. It is a uniquely creative individual who can craft artistic notions eloquently within the written word…creating comprehensive and tangible feelings on the topic and nature of aristic process. You are as much of a great artist in the written word…as you are an artist and author of your own life. In your truth there is resolve and hope to be found, this is art at its purest. Bravo I say with utmost pleasure!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s