There is no easy answer to this question – it’s like asking “what is life” or “what is thought” or “what is freedom.” Art means different things to different people.
Art is personal expression. Communication. A burst of creativity, or political commentary. Art can be an observation, a suggestion. It can raise questions, or even attempt to answer a few. Art can provoke thoughts and reactions and intense emotions. It can provide beauty and stimulate thought. Art can make people smile and laugh; it can puzzle them or make them wistful, or bring a sense of calm to a chaotic day.
Art can bring you to a dead standstill, with your mind racing or your heart pounding. Art can improve the objects all around us, from our cars and couches to medical equipment, or the computer you’re looking at, and the information to be found on it. It can help people lead more positive, productive lives.
Art can please us, disturb us, educate and shock us. Art challenges us. Art can reflect our reality, or hint at how things could be.
Art can shed light on the world, creating an original experience for each viewer.
Art appears in many guises, through drawing, sculpture, printmaking, video installation, lighting and camerawork on a movie set, textiles, photos, performance, a ceramic mug, words, jewellery, woodworking, animation, design.
Future civilizations will know us because of the imprint we leave behind. Art is a visual document of our planet, our people, and our ideas at this particular point in the evolution of humanity.
Art is an adventure