Who makes art? Do you think artists have innate ability or acquired skill (or both)? How do artist’s roles change with different cultural considerations?
I believe that we are all artists because art isn’t just about painting an exact replica of King Henry VIII to show how wealthy and powerful he was, it’s much much more than that and covers such a vast range of things. There are the traditional artists like your Rembrandts and Da VInci’s but what about the child who draws their first picture at school or the man who uses rubbish to make impressive sculptures or the street artists who create murals or sand sculptures. Some people moan and say ‘I can’t draw or I can’t make that’ and I would say they can. It will be their own take on a piece of art or an original style of their own. Just because something might be a scribble or may be made from twigs doesn’t make it less of a piece of art. It is all about the human expressing themselves, their emotions, their passion for a favourite place or just being at one with their imagination.
Art to me, isn’t just about drawing or painting, its the whole creative thing like writing, dance, music and photography where different people express their passion for something. I think we all have that artistic ability to create anything we want but along with that is the passion to develop so through practising, being inspired and learning from others, our talent in an artistic flair can shine. When we start a new job, we may not be very good at it in the first few months but once you get involved in the job and developing your skills, then you do become good at it and then you share your skills with other people. Some artists declare that when they are involved with their art form, it’s as if their is a divine energy guiding them to produce a certain painting or piece of music or novel and I think this is true because I have experienced this myself as a painter, musician and writer. Words or colours or sounds just come into me from an energy and then later you look back and wonder where that came from. Sometimes when I am painting, I can see my hand with the brush but some energy is controlling my hand willing me to make a certain stroke or use a certain colour.
In one culture, someone who is making wicker baskets from willow or sails for a boat may be considered an artist by that culture but in other cultures this may be seen as work. In one culture, a graffiti artist may be seen as a criminal for spraying paint over the sides of buildings but in other cultures this would be considered art and a means of them expressing themselves visually.