Art can be defined as using skill and imagination to produce beauty. OK then. Define beauty. We all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Personally I’m not a fan of body piercings, but my granddaughter is. I used to have a beehive hairdo held in place with hair spray-same thing as glue. Once I thought the piled up mess was a thing of art. Yuck.
|Hair as art.|
If I had appreciated tattoos, and now don’t, I’d have lumps where my tattoo art had been.
You can find art anywhere and everywhere. Just look and listen.
Art can bring you to tears,
|Bound feet from old photo.|
make you laugh,
think, or react. It has gotten artists killed. You don’t have to like it-or the artist. But, if you open your mind, even just a little, allow the art to enter, to penetrate your senses, it will affect you.
Photos of events can teach you history
much easier than memorizing dates and names ever will. Sculptures can be so real they take your breath away or funny.
Paintings have documented human life since a Neanderthal held a piece of slate and drew a picture on the walls of her cave while her husband was out chasing a Woolly Mammoth.
In China I frequently visited the Sichuan University of Art. My friends, Vivi and Eeta, who is an artist,
took me to the art district.
|Apartment building in Chongqing..|
|Vivi & Eeta with long blue legs.|
Nothing taught me more about the gracious, persevering Chinese people who in spite of enormous difficulties for centuries live life fully and creativity.
Never mind that the students are isolated by the communist party, students are still students.