Art, in all its manifestations, is the highest expression of human creativity and imagination. It represents a unique moment that allows the artist to externalize all his boundless interiority.
While creating an artwork it is important to consider the involvement not only at the conscious level but also relatively to the unconscious recesses of the soul. It symbolizes, as Shelling claimed, the extraordinary fusion of an unconscious phase, inspiration, and a conscious one, realization of the idea. It illustrates the stupendous union of opposites: what is concrete and what is not, what is visible and what is not. “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” (Saint-Exupery 73). I always loved this excerpt from Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece, but only now it begins to appear perfectly clear to me in its meaning.
While creating an artwork, the artist is able to isolate himself from any external element of disorder and contrast, becoming one with what is producing. This union almost mystical shows clearly how creativity and revelation play their role as part of human experience. These characteristics may be more evident in visual arts, but in my opinion they are extremely evident in other artistic fields too, such as literature and music. Everything is up to who is looking at the painting, who is reading the poem and who is listening the melody. Artists are ingenious creators of beauty but enjoyers are pure souls ready to seize it.
The social function of art, in an era dominated by modern mechanization and exasperated by the emergence of technologies, becomes a strong reference point to reaffirm the essence of human nature, to enhance its “genius”, intended as a natural talent, free and imaginative, capable to fly through the infinite paths of creativity. The artist, whether he is a writer, poet, musician, painter, cannot be classified in strict patterns nor be analyzed scientifically, because his work, as Kant said, is the result of spontaneity, authenticity, immediacy, applied in a manner unmistakably personal. Thanks to that, the art world stimulates our creativity and it allows to exit from the modern conformism, from the gray repetition of actions, from banality, arriving in a magical area where who matters is only the man and his marvelous uniqueness –
Personally, I am grateful for this semester. I had the opportunity to discover a lot about this amazing country from different points of view. My ignorance was shocking..and this is why I want to continue to learn about it even if I will shortly leave. Honestly, I never expected to be involved this far. I loved to explore Australia’s painters during the visit at the Art Gallery and I was deeply struck by so much beauty – https://barbaraapicella1.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/a-phone-call/
For the first time I approached the extraordinary poetry of Australia’s greats and I also wrote about them thanks to the blogging experience. I had the possibility to critically explore my thoughts about contemporary themes too. While writing the blog each week, I remembered when I used to write my diary each night after school. I will never be able to fully express my gratitude. It is much more than I could ever imagine.
“Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a memorable form” Barzun
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine De. Le Petit Prince. Flammarion, 2001. Print.