Art in context
As an artist, are we not mostly interpreting the world as it unfolds around us? A world that we at the same time create while we perceive it? It would be then our very personal perceptions, sensations and thoughts, out of a multiverse of different ones, which create a certain reality and which we invite others to share with us. Insights into art and creativity are thus more than fundamental.
Why does art touch us? When does art touch us? How does it touch us und what does it touch within us?
Even the so called intuitive art, which always contains an element of magic, of semantic undecryptability, needs an epistemologically well-grounded base. In fact, art itself doesn’t need it from an explanatory point of view. She has it, inherently, whether we conceptualize it or not. However, unravelling parts of these mysteries seems to be a rewarding journey, since at its end we find a joyful creative insight of utter importance.
Through creativity and art we invite others to relate with us in the Here and Now. We invite to share an experience, whether it is in the lies or truth, the moments of understanding, the drama, the poetics, the beauty, the conflict, the pleasure or the disturbances.
Interestingly, from an epistemological point of view, it seems to me that any art which is made can be considered live-art, since it becomes alive, it comes to life, not purely in its moment of creation and definition, but actually in the very moment of its perception. In that moment, when it is being perceived, when there is a relation between artist and audience, there is also dialogue, there is connection. And where there is true dialogue and connection, judgement ceases to exist, and turns into engagement, whether it is in between two human beings, a group, or whole societies. Might that not be at the heart of artistic work: To interact. To use the spoken and written, the painted or the physically and acoustically expressed aesthetics as a true and meaningful, a complex yet simple, way of engagement. A form communication based on one’s very own perception, interpretation and knowledge of reality.
Thus, we can acknowledge: Where there is art being made and truly being perceived as such (whether big or small, loud or silent, ugly or beautiful, famous or unknown), in each of these moments we find an innate absence of inner conflict, a moment of insight and peace. A moment of connection and freedom, which might provide an access point to our deepest identity, our own consciousness and the shared consciousness of humanity and the world.
And then, suddenly, in this experience there appears also a chance, a potential. The potential for transformation and, even more, the possibility to perceive the phenomenon of pure and true 'relation' itself; which is, at the very core, the most primordial, most fundamental phenomenon we ever experience. Whatever we do - writing, painting, thinking, singing, taking a picture, playing an instrument, performing, cooking, dancing - and, equally so - touching, seeing, listening, tasting, smelling, feeling, understanding or perceiving: By any of such simple or more complicated acts we do nothing more or less but to engage in a true relation with ourselves, the living beings and the world that surrounds us.