My art, your art

Art belongs, in my mind, as much to the artist as it does to the audience but in different ways.

A creation is completely dual in the way it can never be separated from its creator if one wants to understand it but at the same time it doesn’t need any context to be appreciated for what it is, to be given value. So being able to determine to whom it belongs in the end – to the author who created it with some intention behind it or to the reader who gives it his or her own meaning? – is very difficult.

Some say a creation belongs solely to the creator and cannot be dissociated from them. But what do you do in the case of someone who did things or thinks things that are completely opposite to your way of living? Can you still appreciate their art? What about Hitler’s paintings? Are they still art, knowing what he has done? Can you really enjoy Edgar Allen Poe’s POEtry (see what I did there? #lol) without knowing the tortured soul he was? Or The Rocky Horror Picture Show without knowing the political/cultural context of the time?

And others that it belongs to the readers/viewers/public who enjoys that art. But what if they use it in a way that was not designed by the author and that might contradict his or her view of their art? Or what if they change it from its original form to make it ‘better’ or more ‘politically correct’, can it still be considered as having the same meaning, the same impact as the original work? What if they read the meanings wrong or attribute it false ones?

How does one define the line of property for a piece of art (whatever it may be)?

I don’t have an answer to that question, I don’t know for sure. But It’s something that I think about quite frequently. I believe that, just as life in general is complicated, it is the same for art. There are so many different cases and scenarios… What I think I am able to say right now is that a creation should be able to stand on its own to a certain extent, that the public should be able to find beauty/interest in a piece of art just by experiencing it. And then, if they learn how it was created, what it means or what the artist wanted to represent with it, then the art piece can only become even more beautiful/interesting. So it’s paradoxical. The art and the artists are two different things that should be separate but at the same time completely merged together, thus creating a great piece.

I’d like to finish on the fact that I, for one, often insert meanings and references in my art (if I dare call it that), some of which are obvious and others are hidden from the public eye. There are some references I want my public to get, whether I hide them or not, then there are some that I design so that only people privy to the knowledge of my person will get, and then there are some that I insert here and there that may seem comprehensible and obvious (or not at all) but that no one except me will probably ever get. There are many layers to [my] art and I love that about it.

Now, I also think that, beyond what I meant to say, to make people understand through what I write (for example) I people should be able/free to understand/take out what they want from my creations. They are made to make you think, feel and be interested but not just in the way I designed them to be, also int he way you want them to be. And we come back to the paradoxical concept of art here because I want my creations to carry a message but at the same time I want them to be understood on a personal level by each individual who discovers them and in their own original way too.

Is there an answer to this in the end? I don’t, and probably never will, know if I am truly succeeding in this venture but I do truly hope that I do because that makes everything more beautiful. All I can hope is that some people do enjoy discovering and experiencing it as much as I enjoy making it.

PS: I realize now that I haven’t spoken about context until now but it is very important in my opinion. Because the context in which I write (or any artists creates) adds meaning and intent to a creation and so does the context in which people discover said art, it can change something beautiful into something ugly and despicable or inversely.

Sorry if this appeared as a bit of a rant or if it was incomprehensible, I just wanted to put into words what I was feeling and I pray that I did it in a sufficiently coherent manner. Also, example might have been a bit weird, I know…

5 thoughts on “My art, your art

  1. There must be something in the air. I was just putting together a post on this. I’ve always figured we only provide haff the story, but someone in my writing group was angry with me yesterday because they couldn’t make sense of a piece of prose I’d written. When this anger was pulled apart, there was a genuine desire to appreciate the mechanisms of thought that had led to me writing the piece. My writing can be perlious sometimes, I’m now wondering if a postscript would be useful… Read if you want to kind of thing.

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    • Haha! Coincidence? I think not! Great minds often think alike! ;)
      I do feel that way. Art has to be felt as it is presented to us, through our own experience and with our own understanding of it. But sometimes it requires an explanation from the creator. I don’t know how to explain this nor how it should be done but I believe that questions about meaning and intent, anything that has to do with the background and the creation of the piece, shoul dbe answered if they are asked. Some key of deeper understanding might be hidden there.
      However, paradoxically, I know myself to be unwilling to answer some questions or explain some things about my writing sometimes. I know its selfish but there are some things I want to keep for myself and let people experience or understand their own way.
      It’s complicated, that’s all I can say with absolute certainty. :)

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      • It is damn complicated. What I don’t want to take away is that Ah-Ha moment. I’m a sucker for a puzzle, I like to decipher and unwrap the layers. When a writer has popped out an interpretation, there is suddenly a sense of right and wrong. Readers often come up with reflected imagery and interpretations that are far more imaginative than mine.
        The guy’s beef was that I hadn’t allowed any footholds. It was a fair comment. Situational decisions I guess, possibly in code.

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        • Yeah, I feel the same.
          I love keeping readers guessing until the end, sometimes forcing them to read it again. But not everybody likes that. And it’s difficult to make things clear enough while keeping an air of mystery sometimes.
          It’s good to receive criticism, even when its bad, because it helps seeing things in a new light. I hope you managed to get the your intentions through to the guy though, it’d be a shame if he didn’t understand.

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