Discussion : Art, what art thou? · 5:35pm
So I've been thinking about art, not just one form, like music or writing prose, but art in general and of course my word-wise mind decided to categorize it, to define it. Turns out that art is something hard to place or understand. In fact, after looking at a few definitions online, I noticed that the great majority have it... right? Then why is it that those around me, those that I talk to have it all wrong? Why is it that the definition I was made to believe in as a child was completely different?
There's issues with the traditional way of marking something as an art.
It seems to stems from the narrowness of the definition. Look at these, all three taken from the Oxford dictionary (in real English):
1. [mass noun] 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.
2. (the arts) The various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance:
the visual arts.
3. (arts) Subjects of study primarily concerned with human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history (as contrasted with scientific or technical subjects).
Now, those intrepid enough to scoot over to the site will notice a fourth, more on that in a bit.
See, these definitions are both narrow and large. But, basically, an art is something that is creative or ingenious. Fine, I've no issue with that myself. But, there seems to be a rift whereas only something 'artsy' can be an art. This divide is growing, or so I've noticed.
My folks think that only certain things are arts. Sculpture, painting, writing traditional prose and maybe a few abstract things (although these they think of as weird and obtuse, I generally have to agree). Truly though, there's so much more to art!
Look at the fourth definition and think about it for a second:
4. A skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice.
Taa-daa! The truest definition of art. The one and only way to understand and improve!
Anything can be an art, from brushing your teeth to unclogging the loo (my mind's in the bathroom). Or, at least, that's how I'd like to define it. I could be very. very wrong.
So, why do you think that we've made our ascertation of what is an art and what isn't narrow, and do you think that everything practiced should be thought of as an art?
(also, does any of this make sense? Sorta written as a train-of-thought. Oh, and half-way through the next chapter of Apples and Roses, woo!)