Art For Art's Sake
PORTFOLIO Magazine|October 2020
Art For Art's Sake
“I shut my eyes in order to see.” — Paul Gauguin
Wendy Long

And nothing is more important than what we dream up and hope for, as our world is what we make it up to be.

Such is the beauty of art; it makes us think, question, ponder. Art in any medium is an expression of human thoughts, creativity, and emotions. That one area, I like to believe, is irreplaceable by artificial intelligence. As Paul Klee once said: “Art does not reproduce what you see. It makes us see.” And that only comes from experiencing and living life, something that cannot be reproduced by an algorithm.

Now more than ever, we need to embrace the arts in our society and lives. When situations looked bleak in the face of viral upheavals, a respite in the creative space is much needed, as an escape from reality, where one can be lost, even for a second, in someone else’s imagination and be inspired to create one for themselves, even if it’s just in our minds and souls – for that’s sustenance for our well-being. It is a stoic reminder that there is still beauty in all the madness if we choose to see it through different eyes.

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October 2020