Darkness or Light
This year is turning out to be quite an enigma.
Although many of us are struggling financially; people are choosing to spend a proportion of their available cash on art.
I have been thinking about it and, yes this is one theory, one opinion but it is my blog so, here goes!
Art is seen as a luxury, non-priority item; and I speak mainly of the tangible arts in this case. For some people, art is even an elitist item and a representation of snobbery! Oops!
However, as I mentioned, a surprising number of the public have reached out or responded to aspects of art.
I’m going to take a little exploratory journey of two standpoints: the feel good and the dark, emotive.
The feel good almost speaks for itself. During a time of such difficulty we, complex beings, need to nurture that emotional side. To simply, cheer us up! It’s the factor that sales companies abuse every day of every year and this year has been no different, There has been those that are trying to keep afloat and those who have seen an opportunity to take advantage of.
Personally, I have gone out of my way to make my art even more accessible to as many as possible…why?
Because I understand that our emotional wellbeing is probably more crucial than our physical. We have evolved into such complex, emotional beings, that it is vital to tend to our feelings…whether we understand or value them or not.
Art can connect and does, connect with you on a deeper level than you probably ever realised. When we ‘feel’ something, it overrides everything else. We act impulsively, we make spontaneous decisions, we take greater risks (or less). We override that voice that tells us ‘we don’t really need it’. Before at least one of you starts talking to your screen…yes, I know that is a generalisation, but I am trying to provoke curiosity and not write a dissertation lol.
Something in the art [as explored in my previous blog, more than a pretty picture’] connects with a brightness, lightness…offers a smile, a chuckle a warmth. Believe me…those connections are as vital as the very air we breathe. It sustains us through the most difficult of times and yes…that includes this particular year.
Unlike a fabulously tasty slice of double chocolate cake…sorry, was off for a moment…art is something that you can choose to connect with over and repeatedly...a little like a....