What is Your Art?

What is your art? Is it painting, sculpture, writing, or something else? Is what you create your art? Let’s dig a little deeper.

The definition of art is: 1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing work to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. 2. The various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

If we look at the beginning of each definition, we see that art is “the expression or application of … creative skill and imagination” and that it is a “creative activity.” Plainly stated, art is a creative process of expressing ourselves using our imagination. So, the process of creating is art, not just the finished product. Yves Klein summed it up by saying “My paintings are only the ashes of my art.” In other words, his work was the product of his art.

On the other hand, if we read further into the definition of art, we see it is “a visual form…to be appreciated.”  So, our work is art then, right? Yes and no.

Yes, in that it is something to be appreciated. We can see, read, or listen to it and enjoy it. It is a physical manifestation of our creativity. No, because it is only part of our art. It is the culmination of our ideas, labor, and a piece of our soul if you will.

When someone buys our art, they are getting the result, something tangible they can see or listen to. They may not realize the art they are getting is so much more. They are getting a piece of each of us. That my friends, is art.

Published by Rick Decorie

I see beauty, an untold story, in what I photograph. The old barns, trucks, and other items I photograph are rusting and decaying away. I preserve them through my work. Their stories can only be imagined. The old pick-up truck in the field may have brought produce to market. The forgotten barn could have housed farm animals that produced food for the family long gone. The old factory, items for the home.

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