Hi there, I'm taking a drawing/painting/art class, and the first assignment was to desripe what art is. So I want ot get y'alls opinions on it too. :)
Art is a mirror. One can create, or merely look at it, and see their own thoughts hidden within.
Most people will say things like "Art is beautiful" or "Art is a way to express yourself" when they are trying to describe "art". Both of those are true, but art is far to complex for such simple answers.
Art is only beautiful because we can relate to it. Even the simplest drawings, or the most far fetched ones, have something in them which mirrors everyone around it.
Art is only a way to express yourself because it is a mirror of you, and all the people around you.
So while many people have many different ways to define "art", when it comes down to it, art is simply a mirror.
I know you are probably expecting some further explanation for what I mean by "mirror", but that my friend, is why art is not only a mirror, but a very, very dirty mirror. It only lets you see a small portion of what it is, and who you are, everything else we must piece together ourselves.
So exactly what I mean by saying "Art is a mirror" will be different for everyone. For me, there need be no further explanation. I am content with that one sentence. For you, it may need to be built upon till you could write a hole book on it. For the next person, they may simply need a poem to describe it. For this dirty mirror lets us all see a different amount of itself, so how much of our own imagination we use when defining it, well that changes. The best I can do is give you the base, for which you may build off of.
So with that said, next time you see a piece of artwork, ask yourself just how much this mirror is showing you of yourself.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this!