Is it important to make time and space for art & beautiful things?

I’ve been feeling quite contemplative this week… 


With all the horror that’s happening in so many parts of the world at the moment, and becoming increasingly closer to home for so many of us in Europe, I’ve been distracted. I’m finding it quite difficult to concentrate on artwork, designing and creating beautiful things… 


I worry it can seem a little irrelevant, not to mention irreverent, to appreciate what’s beautiful in the world. Finding beauty in anything - whether it’s a flower or a fallen leaf, a painting or a beautiful building - while people are in fear for their lives, or undertaking such long, terrifying journeys towards potential safety, with only an uncertain welcome waiting at the end… well, it can seem inappropriate.


Of course, people in trouble need to be helped. There’s no question of looking the other way, but that doesn’t mean we should stop appreciating our world and our culture…

Our art and culture is part of our humanity


I actually think in times like these it’s more important than ever to take care of, nourish and nurture our humanity… because art is humanity!

Humans create art. It’s one of the things we do that distinguishes us from animals.

Cave paintings and carvings on stones, bones and more show us that art is important to humans.

It’s a huge part of what makes us who we are.

In fact, archaeologists look for evidence of art as one of the signals to identify humankind from the great apes...

Art is part of what makes us human

 

I think creating (or appreciating) art demonstrates a special sensitivity to the world around us - whether admiring the beautiful world of nature, or commenting on the society of today – it’s a vital part of our culture.


To me, art is more than just a pictorial or physical representation – art is created with thought, and emotion. Art creates thought and emotion in those who encounter it. It stimulates our minds and makes us feel a connection to our world and to each other.


Art promotes creativity, open minds and free and creative thought.

Art can connect us to other people and helps us to express ideas


Art gives us pleasure – it can make us feel happy, give us comfort, nourish our souls in trying times – for this it is so very precious to humanity. Art gives us our humanity – something that we must all try to hold onto.


I think artist Pablo Picasso says it best of all when he said:


The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls


Art shines the light of humanity into our lives – I feel we need art so much more when it’s not just the dust of daily life we need to clean from our souls…


What does art mean to you? Do you take time to appreciate beauty in the world around you? Does it make a difference to how you feel?

Art helps you to connect with and value nature and the world around you...


Please let me know your thoughts and feelings… I’d love to know what you think about the topic… 


Just share your thoughts in the comments below…