Art Matters.

Art: the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

What is art? Does art matter? Why or why not?

These were just a select few of the deep-thinking questions I was encouraged to focus on while I attended a live cello performance with my fellow classmates earlier this past week.

As the Internet puts it, art is an expression or application of human creative skill and imagination that produce works appreciated for their beauty or emotional power. To some extent, this is true. Art is something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings. Whether it be a painting, sculpture, dance, or song, art emotionally impacts oneself. However, art is different to everyone. Your understanding of what art is more than likely will be different than my definition of it, which ultimately is what makes it such a broad topic and extremely powerful subject. If one were to look up on Google ‘What is art?’ they might find things like, “it’s thought expressed through form,” or, “a sense of calm in a chaotic world”. Art is whatever you interpret it to be.  

At this particular cello performance, I was able to listen to a some pieces that this cellist had performed before and really perfected… they were incredible to say the least. She didn’t focus on playing pieces with the same tone and melody, she had a wide range of music, which made it so much more engaging for the audience. I was also able to hear her interpretation of what art is. She stated that art is in fact using your talents to inspire others and to make something that seems so basic so powerful.

Not going to lie, going into this performance I was not very excited; really only because I am not musically talented, so I don’t understand that much about music. However, I was completely transformed from the beginning of the performance to the end. The music orchestrated by this cellist was so great and just very empowering… like WOW. I caught myself a few times sitting there in awe just wondering how in the world it’s even remotely possible to create such intense music. At that moment, I particularly realized that art had impacted MY life. It’s crazy to think we are all unnoticeable to the way art affects our everyday lives. Art matters.

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