It is used to communicate with others in ways that go beyond words. To understand a work of art, you must develop the ability to perceive. To perceive is to become deeply aware through the senses of the special nature of a visual object. People create art to serve many functions. (1) They create art to express personal feelings.
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Tolstoy explains that the process of creating art allows for the artist to incorporate his own sense of emotion as a means of expressing his experiences. This is crucial to understanding how the artist is able to create art that influence others in such a way that enables the receiver to become subsumed under the beauty of creative productions. As Tolstoy says, “The more individual the feeling transmitted the more strongly does it act on the recipient; the more individual the state of the soul into which he is transferred the more pleasure does the recipient obtain and therefore the more readily and strongly does he join in it” (Tolstoy 514). This quote clarifies the capabilities of art and how it can manifest emotions within the viewers just as easily as it was for the artist to generate his own passions. Additionally, Tolstoy is showing how the degree to which an emotion is perceived is dependent on the level of individuality the artist cultivates within his productions.
Finding value revolves around the experience the viewer or artist goes through while working on, or viewing the art. Individually, art can motivate, inspire, or be a release of emotion. “The ability to do something—the power to achieve, rule, invent and create—is founded upon an individual’s belief that he or she has the right to do it. An individual must have faith in his or her ability, and then, most important, there must be access to the arenas of achievement and power.” (Staniszewski 128). Impact from art is needed to help make people recognize the ability they have, art opens peoples minds to what they are capable of, exposing hidden emotions and talents.
Art is the interplay between the conscious and unconscious part of our being, between what is real and what is an illusion; it is the voice of our soul through color and form in a constant search for connection with something beyond. I think of art as the bridge between our souls and the physical world. I see art as both an interaction between our psychological existence and our cultural expression of that existence. Thus, this can include challenging and sometimes disturbing imagery as well as the aesthetically pleasing. The artist's conceptual vision and a personÂ’s ability to translate this to an audience is what transforms the ordinary experience to a historically and culturally significant event.