Why Art Matters

People are often so busy—they almost forget to see the beauty that lies out there.

When people hit adulthood, most often, work becomes an integral part of their daily routine. If there’ll be a time for a break, busy people use it instead to relax; there are no time to do other things but sleep. Our society forces us to become these automatons with no time for a pause; if we stop, the supply of money also will.

So in our busy lives, why does art matter?

It may seem to be an out of the blue question, but in a universal sense, you can’t help but wonder on why an “expression of emotions and ideas” matter in our lives? The world faces problem; children are starving; lives are being lost—but art still plays a relevant role to the perception of human life.

They say art is more than what spoken words could ever convey.


But in a mundane sense of perceiving art, art is simply an expression of human’s creative mind and imagination that provokes emotions out of the people perceiving it.

Gerald Mae Guerrero

According to Gerald Mae Guerrero, an art enthusiast and practitioner of the drawing craft, “art is anything you want it to be; art is an idea.”

Art can be in different forms: visual or graphic, textual, performance, and auditory; there are many ways to convey emotions and express ideas. But in any way you choose—in any way of conveying the message, art could express the unexpressed. Therefore, art is a highest form of language.

Based on Gerald’s childhood history, art has always become an integral part of her life. She was 5 years old when she first started to draw—more like tracing complicated letterings to learn the alphabet.

“I learned to draw because I tried to learn how to draw the alphabet,” explained Gerald, on how she started to do art.

Ever since her father bought her books, Gerald’s passion to draw has never left her system. Sometimes she drew on every page of books her hands have found. What is even more bizarre is that she used to draw on the onion-skin thin pages of bible. The need to release that creativity as a child is so vibrant from her she will use anything as outlet for her art.

Art has a significant effect to the artists and to those who witness art.

Think of an art that you remember. Think of it, and assess your emotions at the moment. Does it provoke emotions out of you? Does it excite you, or inspire you? If it’s a thing you dislike, does it make you angry or sad?

Mary Boone

(Photo from http://www.interviewmagazine.com)

According to Mary Boone, an owner and director of Mary Boone Gallery, she said that art makes you feel different emotions—it gives off this experience that nothing else can. And inspiration, on the other hand, calls forth emotions and feelings to do art. It is a way to express that art building inside your head—a way to summon the creative muse into action.

“I do art because I’m inspired, and I need an outlet to put out that creativity inside me—I need it to manifest in the real world on some way,” said Gerald, clarifying her statement on why she does art during her spare time.

Even in our most, darkest time—in the time of crisis, art matters even more.

Because art is a sort of relief to the seriousness the world is facing—a pause from the real-life drama, a breathing room. When we are stressed out from the things the world is giving us, we do creative things to discharge ourselves from the tension coiling inside of us.

“Art is my way to relieve stress,” Gerald added to the argument.

In a way, art is a form of relaxation—a sort of meditation of an artist to let loose not just the creativity, but the stress as well.

But why is art important, then?

Street Art in Melbourne

Art is a valuable arsenal of humanity. It influences society by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across space and time. Research has shown art affects the fundamental sense of self. Art, therefore, is an effective vehicle for social change.

It’s also the society’s collective memory shared through painting, music, literature and other form of arts. In this matter, art preserves the history, and in effect, becomes a historical record of that particular time the art started to exist.


(Photo from http://hyperallergic.com/ via http://twistedsifter.com/2009/06/street-artist-meek-excellence-in-stencil-graffiti/)

Moreover, art is a way of communication. In a micro sense, art is way to communicate one’s feelings and emotions to those who perceive it. At the streets of Paris, painters communicate through their vibrant, landscape and portrait paintings.


(Photo from http://europeantravelista.com by Debbie Beardsley)

Most importantly, art allows people across different culture and time to communicate.

As the National Art Education Association points out, art is beneficial for the artist as an outlet for work. Art not only fosters the human need for self-expression and fulfillment; it is also economically viable. The creation, management and distribution of art employs many.



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