What makes you like a certain work of art and not another?
What is it about music, prose or film that captures your attention?
Why are some people drawn to only masterpieces created by famous artists, yet others adore a painted ceramic tile created by an artisan in 5 minutes ?
All forms of art speak to parts of us. Therefore, because we have our own unique parts, we are drawn to different expressions of art.
Personally, I love Art that stops the mind chatter and connects me to a deep sense of calm and clarity. My perception changes, my mind feels clearer and I’m suddenly feeling more like myself and embodied. Being in London and travelling through the ‘tube’ (London’s version of the metro) gets me out of phase a little and I find walking through London’s National Gallery the perfect antidote to this. Tired eyes used to fluorescent lighting and computer screens, when confronted by Monet or other impressionists, somehow reawaken and my ‘mind-sense’ becomes vivid. This is, of course, what the impressionists were trying do! Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh were conveying their vivid, subjective experience or impressions of the world through their art.
Impressionism speaks to the parts of me that love seeing the magic in landscapes, being alive and feeling awed by existence. These parts of me are tired by city living so savour any time I spend in traditional art museums, hungrily lapping up alternate visions shining through the paintings.
While parts of us are drawn to some art, other parts might be repulsed by other forms creative expression. Discussing art is not a part of ArtIFS sessions, but I happened to get into a conversation about it with one of my clients. This client had a dislike for renaissance art because it reminded him his upbringing in a European city full of traditional art. Instead, parts of him were excited by more contemporary artists who created art that felt less limited by traditional art training or the judgement of what “art should be”. Modern art excited the parts of him that love innovation and playfulness.
Multiplicity of the mind is still a new concept in this world. Imagine a time when we are all used to this way of seeing the mind and how this would affect how we see art around us. We’d love talking and connecting about our differences and why we like some things and not others. With regard to art, contemporary Art Critics or the ‘snobbish’ parts of ourselves may no longer look down on parts of others that enjoy simplicity or ‘low brow’ art. Deriders of modern art might understand that some parts of others are just excited by new concepts in art.
On the other hand, multiplicity also helps us accept derision and judgement. As artists, our creative process would no longer be held back by fear of our own or others’ judgement. We could hold judgment compassionately or see it as constructive criticism or thoughts coming from parts of others.
Something else to think about – in the ‘Art World’, monetary value has been added to art that is innovative conceptually, aesthetically or by way of manufacture. What if value was added to what art can do for self discovery and our connection to our Self/others?