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Art is a Mirror

07:00 24 June in Articles, On-Line Journal
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Part of 'Turning the World Upside Down', sculptures by artist Anish Kapoor in Kensington Gardens, Creative Commons Graham Hogg.

Part of ‘Turning the World Upside Down’, sculptures by artist Anish Kapoor in Kensington Gardens, Creative Commons Graham Hogg.

The Arts is a broad term. As a sensory language, The Arts encompasses visual arts, dance, music and literature. I like to focus primarily on the visual arts aspect in this book. Visual art makes a visible connection with our elements/subconscious and is a term that is loosely defined by drawing, painting and sculpture. How does visual art fit into our world? We have specially designed institutions for both viewing and protecting the definition of art. We have museums storing examples of art through millennia. In these places, we can trace our human evolutionary history spanning the Stone Age to the modern day. Through the art others left behind, we can learn much about what was occurring during different periods of human existence. Art documents history, the evolution of values and changing creation stories. For example, when we compare images from ancient Egypt to those from ancient Greece, we may notice that the Egyptians were less concerned with human anatomy. Ancient Egyptians saw life on earth as a preparation period for their next life, while ancient Greeks very much celebrated the physical body in its current form. Thus each culture reflected in its art what was culturally significant at that time. In this sense art acts as a mirror, reflecting our world back at us and keeping this reflection for future generations.

Art and business are two words that have gone hand-in-hand for millennia. Prehistoric Rock Art was a way of communicating important cultural messages through carvings and drawings. Think of the famous rock art sites at Lascaux at Chauvet,. Through art, researchers have been able to illuminate much of human history. Indigenous people used drawings and paintings as an artistic representation of hunting by marking out animal tracks and waterholes where animals were likely to congregate. Tribal artists were also the source of self-expression on behalf of their tribes. At the same time, they were healers and visionaries, who gained spiritual insights through visions, called in the rain and created healing ceremonies for the tribe.

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