Art can be a difficult critter to understand, particularly here in the Ozarks, the proverbial “buckle of the Bible belt,” as Springfield’s own nouveau-band Ha Ha Tonka intones on the album of the same name.
Ask 10 people for a definition of art and you just might get 11 answers. Discussions of what art is (and is not) vary wildly, often resulting in uniquely snide cliques, each comfortable in their own definitions — and perceived correctness.
So, according to #OzarkFineArtists on StateoftheOzarks, what is art (and how is it defined)?
[Drum roll please]
At its most basic, art is the physical manifestation of human expression.
Simple, I know. But far more powerful than you might imagine.
We live in an increasingly divisive world, but one in which the simple question, “How are you?” is invariably met with a generic, “I’m fine.”
Authentic communication between one another, honestly learning what goes on in our hearts — beyond an overly mechanized and electronic world — is becoming a lost art.
Enter fine arts. No, we’re not talking about arguments of acrylic versus oil, paint-and-canvas versus computer illustration, Bob Ross versus Renoir and, well, you get the idea.
We are, instead, talking about art as a means of communication, allowing our hearts raw and authentic expression. What makes us angry? Sad? Rebellious? Introspective?
All the things beyond a generic “I’m fine” are best expressed in art. Welcome to #OzarkFineArtists. We’re glad you’re here.