The encyclopedia Britannica defines art as the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experience that can be shared with others.
hum... she contemplates...
...the use of skill... does art really require skill? If skill is required in order to be an artist then it could be fair to say that a child's drawing is not art because they are too young to have acquired any skill.
(I personally don't believe this to be true)
When I think about it art is such a vague word and the concept is completely up to interpretation. I'm not questioning the idea of art as being good or bad, that dilemma is left to the individual experiencing the "art".
If we all have the inherent ability of being creative doesn't that automatically make us skilled?
(Side note - I do believe we are all creative beings and when not in use our creativity lies dormant in the depth of are soul, which may trick some of us into thinking we have no talents.)
In my search for the definition of art several sources describe the origins being from the Latin word "Ars" which means skill method or technique, but doesn't this definition confine the word and expression of what art is?
In the movie American Beauty the character Ricky films the wind dancing in a circular motion as a few leaves and a plastic bag are intertwined in the breeze. He describes this as the most beautiful thing he has ever filmed. We can say that film is art but if art is skill then this clip of a plastic bag (essentially trash) blowing in the wind is not art by definition. There was no skill in filming trash blowing in the wind...there was no editing evolved by Ricky.
I personally agree with the character of Ricky, this moment in American Beauty is so touching and real. It is by far some of the best writing in film and American Beauty is one of the most brilliant piece of art I have seen in my life time.
So,... what are your thoughts? ...What is art?
"Design is conceived when an inherent need to be creative manifests itself into physical or visual form."