Viewpoint: The Brass Tacks on Artistic Expression

Harvards in Demonstration

From the visual arts to the performance arts and literary arts, the term “artistic expression” has been frequently used for a very long time.  Many have written volumes and spoken at length on the term’s meaning, yet we still have the global phenomenon of people not being sure why artistic impression is even relevant.  Instead of getting all highfalutin about it, let’s try looking at it through a straightforward approach.

Yes, there are many who could care less about the thought processes of other people but there have always been many more who simply wonder what someone else is thinking about; mere curiosity.  It’s quite common and natural for people to wonder if others see the same universe in the same way.  If it wasn’t true, people wouldn’t devote so much time and effort to having conversations, and watching TV shows and more in order to find out each other’s opinions on anything.

Of course, we’re not at a sci-fi-like place in human history where some technology can be used to directly scan and project the exact thoughts and feelings of a consciousness in real time.  Other than relying on psychology and psychiatry, the most that we can do is wait for a person to give an honest and accurate explanation of whatever’s on their mind; quite unreliable.

This is exactly where artistic expression comes in.  Artistic expression is when some painter, designer, dancer, actor, songwriter or fiction novelist who is naturally prone to mainly thinking aesthetically and emotionally is granting the world permission to see inside of his or her head.  By doing this, one doesn’t need to keep wondering what that particular person is thinking about.

You can’t get this profound and intimate level of information sharing from just anyone or anything, only from an artist.  Since mankind began communicating with each other through cave paintings, this type of expression has been the universal standard for relating concepts between people.  That’s why artistic expression has significant importance.

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