One of my new year resolutions in 2021 was ” bring more art into my life”. I was reflecting on this the other day thinking if I could’ve been anymore vague.
An unachievable goal according to the productivityists because I can’t quantify this goal in any way and I had no measures of progress. It’s a broad goal with an even broader definition. Maybe I knew this subconsciously. Subconsciously and consciously, I’ve always thought art speaks to your soul although I am not religious. It’s just when it feels right, it attracts you and stirs emotions, feelings or thoughts. It’s deeply personal is it not?
What defines as art anyway?
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.
For me, I felt like travel was a big part of adding art to my life. I see things, hear things and experience other arts that I don’t get to in my home town. Seeing as though travel has been off the cards for almost 2 years now, I felt like my art soul was running on reserve leading me to make this goal.
In order to mediate this feeling, I first signed up to some free online courses to learn about paintings. I rediscovered music, spent some time on Google Arts and Culture and read books.
Isn’t the label on a drink also art? The choice of typography? The choice of colours and patterns on the clothing that I own? Maybe trying to seek it and find it is part of the art?
It seems that maybe I don’t need to look so hard when it’s always around me.
This year, I still want to continue to see what “artify my life” uncovers in me and the world around me.
How do you seek the arts?