I have given it some thought over the years on why art is important and the answer is simply that there are going to be different reasons for different people. I think that most of us, however, can agree that it does have its place and purpose in society. Whenever you go to places of business, you will often see at least some kind of art on the walls. It may be photography. It may be paintings. It may be digital pieces. It may simply be art inspired to promote a specific store or brand, but it is usually there.
Art makes bare walls more interesting and colorful. It gives people something to talk about and perhaps even contemplate for a while.
It even gives people something to look at in waiting rooms when perhaps they are getting ready to hear the worst news of their life. Yet it is there. It is consistently in the background of our existence. Lurking about and just waiting for the opportunity for us to notice, to see, and ultimately to even care.
Whenever you move and take a minute to look at an empty room, there always seems to be something missing. When the family photographs, decor, and other works of art are safely packed away. An emptiness. Something inside of you has that urge to want to fill that space. Fill that space with art that is controversial or a conversational piece.
Art that reminds you of that beloved trip you took two years ago. Art that reminds you of the silly times in life. The times when you were so carefree. Art that reminds you of when you were still seeking your own identity and what mark you would leave on this planet.Art that reminds you of the day you married the love of your life or safely brought your baby home from the hospital.
Art makes you question even your own eyesight. Are you really seeing what you think you are seeing? Are you falling into the well-laid trap of an optical illusion? Art makes your brain process information.
Art makes you second guess. Art makes you enter a new world. A new setting. A new reality even. It is pure bliss and disturbing often rolled into a neat little package. For your pure enjoyment.
Art taps into your senses. You can almost smell that fresh apple pie. You can almost feel that warm sand on your feet. You can almost see a life time of knowledge in those eyes. You stare at them and they stare back.
As if they have something they want to say. You can almost step into that setting and make it your own. Almost. At least for a little while. For a little while, you can escape whatever troubles you are facing in the “real world.” The existence you may find yourself in that isn’t as refreshing or soothing. Where there may be real tears and real feelings of emptiness, and you just don’t know how to fix everything. Yet art is there…
Check out the artwork of the talented Solomon Barroa on Fine Art America.
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