Art Comme un Moyen de Vivre une Vie

Art as way of living  life and art as way of maintaining a life are two concepts that are so close and yet so far away.

For many “art” is a painting in the Louvre, others see art as the lives created by an author’s pen or life given to a woman living as a sketch on a pad. Yet for many more “art” is  a an innate ability to fulfill their own happiness, without want of rewards, in an effort to create their own reality. These people walk into a room trailed by their imagination and say, “here are my thoughts and they are equal to your reality.”

Many will call art a waste of time and push artiste to chase a more “standard” way of living. In saying “standard” they are saying be normal, this is what the authority says is acceptable. An artist has no authority and cannot even be hindered by their imagination.

Art, or shall we say, creating art is not simply a means to an end. This is to say art cannot be a thing that is not valued or important in itself. Art cannot only  be envisioned as useful in achieving an aim. Art cannot say, “I want to be a rapper because I want to be rich; instead art must say “I do this because it is a part of me. If I am rewarded, fine. If I am not rewarded even better because no one can appreciate what I have created more than myself.”

For many artist an inordinately active mind is not required for them to perform, instead they receive inspiration from people, places, and objects that are based in reality. Art for them is redefining something that is already alive, giving it appreciation, but also creating it  in  a way that it can be loved for itself and not for what it was modeled after.

French artist Edgar Degas once said:“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

Sketch of old Hollywood brocade dress designed by Zac Posen for New York Fashion Week. (Photo Credit: @dear_kukula on Instagram

Sketch of old Hollywood brocade dress designed by Zac Posen for New York Fashion Week.
(Photo Credit: @dear_kukula on Instagram

Art does not have to be beautiful. Art has to act on you as your religion does. Art must challenge you, push you in one direction, and pull you from another. Art must make you ask “who am I” and then force you to describe yourself in an infinite number of ways.

“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” ~Robert Henri

Jamie Baah Mensah for Wales Bonner Autumn/Winter 2015 Lookbook recaptured in illustration by @rahm. (Photo credit: @WalesBonner on insagram.0

Jamie Baah Mensah for Wales Bonner Autumn/Winter 2015 Lookbook recaptured in illustration by @rahm.
(Photo credit: @WalesBonner on insagram.0

Rihanna in Zac Posen dress. (Photo Credit: @itsmesokolovakate on Instagram.)

Rihanna in Zac Posen dress.
(Photo Credit: @itsmesokolovakate on Instagram.)

This post was written by Reginald Calhoun. Follow him on Twitter @IRMarsean. Instagram @les_geaux_jawn

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