What means something to me won’t always mean something to you, and if it does, it likely won’t be interpreted the same. Our past experiences, our tendencies, and our personality all shape the way we soak in the different stimuli around us. Different occurrences incite different responses from all of us because we’ve been conditioned differently. Our environments shape who we are; our environments shape our reactions and intrinsic responses both physically and emotionally. Much like the makeup of a finger print, each one of us has been brought up in a completely unique environment. The totality of your life has never and will never be replicated.
No one can completely recreate an emotion that you have felt. This is where I notice some artists get caught up. Instead of trying to replicate their own vision or feeling, they get caught trying to replicate someone else. It’s not a bad thing to inherently be influenced by someone else, most artists seek inspiration from someone or something! But trying to recreate their masterpiece isn’t the same as using an element of what peaked your imagination from what they’ve made to build your own interpretation. Personally I aim to incorporate influences from any piece of art I’m lucky enough to witness. As stated previously, I attempt to crowdsource my knowledge, and that extends to artistic influence. Yet, I could never attempt to recreate something that has already been made, that would make my work void of purpose and meaning. What I can do is use certain elements to aid me in building something substantial, something that I want to create from my own feelings and imagination.
whoever is taking in its essence."
Think of your top three favourite artists of all time. This can be a musician, painter, or photographer, whatever means the most to you. Now think about their work; is their art something that had already been done at the time? Is their work in line with what’s trendy at the moment? Or did their work break the ground for an entirely new genre or perspective? I’d guess it’s the latter. The art that does this will withstand the test of time. This is the reason Mozart sold the most CDs in 2016, over 200 years after his demise.
Art incites emotion; it elicits some sort of response from whoever is taking in its essence. Likely, you’ve heard a song that seemed to completely encompass all of your current emotions and has helped you feel secure, safe, even loved. Music to me has always been therapeutic. Sometimes my friends will hear a song come on in my car, and they’ll turn their nose up to it. It’s because I listened to that song during a depressive state that this song may not sound the most intriguing, but the lyrics hold so much meaning and a message that’s so powerful. I couldn’t expect my friends to understand my state of mind when that song spoke to me.
Everyone appreciates art for different reasons. Sometimes we want to turn up, sometimes we need a friend, sometimes we’re angry and feel like raging, sometimes we feel completely alone. No matter what your mood, music and art in general are there to comfort you.
I think the most incredible aspect of art is that it doesn’t have to follow any specific rules. It allows humans to intimately breakdown the world around them to their own interpretation. Art is profound, art is subjective, and art is omnipresent.
Soak it in.