It may be July already, but I was thinking back on one of my college German classes from this past semester. I found so much inspiration one day in that class. We had a wonderful discussion about art, politics, life, and culture, and it led me down a deepening, winding path of thoughts about art in its purest form(s).
I’m minoring in German, and a lot of my classes, especially this past semester’s, was based like a regular history class…only taught in German, of course. The class was titled “Literature and Culture before 1918.” But what it really centers in on, is art. And how art has defined different eras and cultures in German history.
That day in class we started our last unit of the semester, “Art leading up to 1918.” And my professor posed a question to our class. She asked, “In what way can art be revolutionary?” after thinking about it and wondering how broad of a question it is, I asked back, “Well… what is art?”
Because I was thinking, okay, well we have the iconic Mona Lisa, we have David by Michelangelo, we have the Phantom of the Opera, we have wonderful movies and albums. And we have revolutionary designs like the iPhone X. So what really is art? Is it a fluid term, or is there really a set definitive answer?
Art, to me, is pretty much anything that inspires you. Art is a feeling. It’s a design that makes you think about your life in another way, it’s a song that brings back memories. Art is the way a person laughs and smiles, it’s the way an innovator’s mind works, it’s anything. It’s everything!
Now, you may disagree with me, but I ask you to think about this… next time your out or even right now wherever you may be, what is something around you that catches your eye, what is something that intrigues you, what do you desire to learn more about? That is art… because it moves you.
What is art to you? Leave your answer down below!