What is Art?
Art is a sublime mode of communication, a spiritual bridge between its creator and its audience; the most intuitive and natural connection imaginable. This connection however unlike any other; is not a conscious one, it’s at subconscious level. The true beauty of an artistic creation is that neither the creator nor the audience is consciously aware of the veracity and nature this relationship. An artist does not know exactly what he’s communicating through his art and the audience does not exactly know what she’s absorbing. The reason is because at the time of creation, the artist is not in his right state of mind per say; he’s in state of trance and unaware of his conscious being; and levitated from his mundane existence; embarked on a journey into abyss of infinite unknowns of his psyche. This is the most inspiring mental state humans may ever achieve because in this state, the artist is liberated from all her presuppositions and confinements and capable of revealing her shadow, the persona artists do not fully comprehend or aware of its existence. What is emanated from an artist and what is discerned by the audience is true meaning of art; the delightful process of subconscious discoveries is what makes art genuine, fascinating and unique.
Art is created only when artist is possessed by forces unknown to him. Consciousness is the nemesis of art. The conscious urge and effort to create art is only the beginning of the magnificent journey of an artist into eerie labyrinth of his spirit where he may or may not find the treasure chest of artistry he is anxiously looking for.
The form of art is only a conduit, a device, a tangible exterior utilized to unveil unconsciousness and make it discernable by consciousness. The manifestation of artistic creation, the form, the appearance of art is not the essence of art by itself, it’s a façade that masks the true meaning of art. The more an artist is integrated with her inner being, the more the veneer of her creation reflects the crux of her inner soul and the essence of her message. The more an artist consciously creates, the more she reflects her conscious being and suppresses her shadow and inevitably distances herself from being who she really is. The artistic creation of full consciousness is more of a cognitive statement than art; as beautiful as it maybe because its produced or at least influenced/tainted by consciousness.
Artistic creation cannot be taught or learned; technics of such creation may.
At the more palpable level, art is an exchanged sentiment between two human beings, a portal that connects two souls. As inspiring and as magnificent as this human connection is; art is capable of achieving more than connection of its creator and audience. Art is reflective of the collective unconscious of a nation in an era. Since in its purest form; art itself is a product of collective unconsciousness communicated through psyche of an artist. This is the beauty, the power and the universality of art.