Continuing the discussion from ARTH101 Topic 3: Artistic Process:
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 think we all make art while we may not considerate it that at the time. Children on the beach using a stick to draw forms and symbols, the barista that creates a heart in our coffee, the icing swirls on a cake. These are all art yet are not necessarily defined as such. I think that too often that the formal “artist” is given credit for and recognized as creating art when in reality we all have some innate ability that comes from within. We all want to personalize our world from the perspective with which we see it. For some of us, this ability is more pronounced and can be further developed to become more of what society recognizes as art. As for roles, cultural expectations and available mediums do change how we use and create art. The process of art can be utilitarian as a means of personal expression on useful items to the creation of expressionistic art that tells a story or defines a concept.