Art is our memory of love. The most an artist can do through their work is say, let me show you what I have seen, what I have loved, and perhaps you will see it and love it too.
Sharing a piece of sculpture, made using chapati (Indian staple bread) dough by an aunt of mine, who happens to be a trained artist—someone who once nurtured dreams of making it big in the art world someday, but was compelled by circumstances, to reconcile herself to domesticity and give up on them. Now, decades later, she has resolved to bring her craft back into her life by making room for art again, so she’s back to sketching, making paintings and creating impromptu sculptures. These days, we get to see many an unusual piece of art that reflects her thoughts and emotions—including a few that come straight out of the everyday situations, (as in this case!)
Who knew there could be so many ways to welcome creativity back into the realms of our everyday lives?
If you ask me—“Why do we need art (or for that matter, any form of creativity) in our lives?”, I’d say—art helps us validate and recognize our emotions. It has the power to bring in light and cheer after a bad day, or make us remember what we’d long forgotten, perhaps, even inspire us to do a little bit more in life. Especially true, for those of us who take the time and the effort to get creative after an exhausting day of work. How often have we felt comforted by the fact that there are many others like us who have traversed the multitudes of emotions as we have? How often have we been marvelled by how our art has been a reflection of our responses to a world in flux, where we’ve been mere travellers, destined for an arduous journey with trials, tribulations and learnings coming along the way?
For every artist, the act of creating art is an affirmation that there is always going to be more than one interpretation to an idea or more than one solution to the same problem. Art challenges our beliefs and encourages us to think out-of-the-box, by challenging us to question the ‘whys’ and the ‘why nots’.
No matter how fragile, art is life. In a much deeper way, art is also a testimony to the human condition!
That little spark of creativity might be all that we need, to fill in the void in our mundane lives!
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