As we all know art can be a deep and meaningful expression or outlet to an artist, but what does art mean to those on the other side of the spectrum? What is art to the people who aren't the ones who create it? Can it have a lasting and meaningful depth to it for an observer of art and not only the artist? Yes it certainly can.
I think it's safe to say that most people have their minds blown when they hear this. Hold on a second, how can art have a deep meaning to someone outside the artist? This really isn't as complicated as it probably seems. Contrary to popular belief, not all art is in a metaphoric state. I know, I know go ahead and take a minute to let that sink in and breathe. Okay yes there are some artists out there who create what they see and translate that perfectly into what they feel. Keep in mind that a perfect translation simply means that the artist can take a place, a person, or whatever and express the emotion of it in a way that the viewer does not have any trouble seeing what the artist is trying to convey. The viewer doesn't have to guess as to what the artwork is trying to say. Simply put, no one questions whether or not the child in the portrait is feeling curiosity or wonder. How am I doing so far, still following okay? Just to clarify, the artist can show the emotions of the person or people in the portrait or any people in the painting without a shadow of a doubt? Very good, see not so hard is it? no, but what about when the painting doesn't have people in it, can they still show what the painting is about? Completely, for example, they can take an image and express any emotion they choose to. So lost, what? Not a problem, take an image of the beach, calm and aquamarine clear water maybe a palm tree or a hibiscus in full bloom. What is the first sensation or emotion to come to mind? Serenity, no worries or something along those lines. There's your answer. With a single image an artist can either a single or an entire waterfall worth of emotion.
Moving on to the viewer, the emotion the artist creates or rather expresses in these works is meant to be felt by the viewer rather than solely the artist. The majority of people are familiar with this more so in photography than in art works created in a more traditional way. Still here so far? Yeah but why don't all artists create their art like this, where everyone can understand it? Now that is a far more complex question than most people think it to be. The nutshell version is that every artist has their own emotional language and how they choose to translate that language in their artwork is different from artist to artist. An artists' work is extremely personal and to what degree they want that language translated is proportionate to their personality. If the artist is, personality wise, an open book than that will translate in their artwork. If the artist more so introverted personality wise than their art will translate either only to them or to the people who know them best. Seeing is how most artists aren't an open book, it makes sense that they don't translate in a perfect way for the viewer to grasp. Art isn't always a simple thing, more often than not that's the way it is. Stay curious and never fail to ask questions and you just may find yourself a little closer to understanding the many mysteries of art and the people who create it.