Art is contradictory
Art is rare. Art is everywhere.
Art is in every part of life. Art is present in the design of consumer products, the color choices in fabrics, and the fonts on road signage. It exists in the symbolic imagery of advertising and user interface design. Yet, art is also special and unique. Art is something that cannot be captured by science, something that has an ethereal, mysterious quality.
Art is subjective. Art is objective.
Art has meaning, art has purpose; art is meaningless, art has no aim. The same work can be understood in both ways and shows that art defies dichotomy. Art is many things to many people and can challenge consensus. Art proves the binary false; not everything is clearly segregated into neat groups.
Art is honest. Art is deceitful.
A painter can paint something in vivid and striking realism like the great masters, yet, a still life is still carefully set up by the artist. A photographer captures a certain perspective for a fraction of a second. Every chisel of sculpture is decided upon by the artist. Art presents the world through the lens of an individual, however warped that lens may be. Sometimes an artist has enough self-awareness to turn this deceit into conceit: telling truth through lies.
Art is transformative
Art comments on culture. Culture adapts to commentary.
Artists have the latitude to show disdain for social norms. The culture reacts with shock and disgust by such revelatory commentary about art and society, yet slowly the culture adapts to the new ideas. Artists push the boundaries forward.
Art heals wounds. Wounds become art.
Art allows the artist to free themselves of thoughts, feelings, or emotions that prove too difficult to express in other ways, providing a pathway for the therapeutic release of trauma.
Art changes minds. Minds change art.
Art that challenges the social paradigm jars the mind in a way words cannot. Like the culture at large, individuals adopt a new perspective because of art, as imagery is our most powerful mode of thinking. People who challenge the art world itself enrich and enhance it. By developing a new response to an old style, artists change art from within and from the outside.
Art is the artist
The artist should be free of limitations, but not from profit.
Far too often the artist is seen as starving. That is unacceptable. Art should not be free, and artists should be appropriately compensated for their work. The art economy should be more representative of time and effort. Some art is priceless, but that is not to say the artist should not be compensated for her work.
Unlike many careers, Artist is something that brings joy in retirement.
Art provides the unique gift of being a career and a retirement lifestyle. Many professionals will reach the end of their careers having spent their time and energy invested in something that is no longer present in their daily lives, creating a large vacuum. Art is the opposite.
Art is flexible, adaptable, and evolves with life.
The best media for the time will present itself. . Our bodies are fragile, and eventually we all will lose ability. Should the artist somehow become limited, there is surely another art waiting to be mastered Art is accessible, allowing for modifications in style or technique in a way many other activities are not.