Why do we make art and why is art valued in our culture?
How do themes and subject matter in art reflect the individual person as well as the larger culture?
Consider how we encounter art in our daily life. Artists make art. Art is a prominent feature in their lives. Similarly, art historians and art critics consider art on a daily basis. Many people are avid viewers of art, their lives includes regular visits to art galleries and art museums. But what about those of us who don't usually visit a forum specifically designated for viewing art. Does art affect our life? Below, I have listed several ways that art affects our everyday life, but let's look at one more example. Some artists develop artworks with the express purpose of engaging people as they go about their daily routines.
We as humans feel the need to have a common ground, a sense of community and shared thought. Especially in a time of upheaval and confusion, artists will roll up their sleeves and become the voice of a group of people. This voice gives a sense of connection and commonality. A feeling that we are not alone in our thoughts. Having a place to go to feel that sense is important.