Definition Essay - Art is Anything

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Definition Essay - Art is Anything

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary[1][1] defines art as “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also, works so produced.” This definition is inclusive of most forms of art. Unfortunately, art goes far beyond this limiting sentence. Art can be thoughts, aesthetic creations, musical compositions, or choreography. Art can be seen, heard, and/or felt. Art is concrete and abstract, at the same time. Art is expression and emotion. Art is anything.

When trying to define art, humankind runs in to many difficulties. Traditional concepts of art include painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography. Art can also be one
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The doodle a woman makes on her notepad while on hold with the dentist’s office is a creation, and therefore art. An incredibly complex and lifelike portrait that took months to plan and paint is a creation, and therefore art. One does not have to create within the confines of traditional artistic thought to be an artist. By looking inward within one’s self, finding inspiration from existence, and executing a work, one is an artist.

If art is so inclusive and universal, why does art seem so absent from everyday life? To see art, one must look for it. The way a tree dances in the setting sun is art. The intermingling angles of power lines with building tops are art. Intersecting and diverging streets are art. Everything depends on perception. By taking the time to see the art in the world, one will begin to notice that art is everywhere. By lying in the grass and looking at the clouds, art appears. By seeing the contrast between brightly colored flower petals and the deep, silky green of tree leaves, art appears. Museums contain beautiful paintings and sculptures. That is art, but not the only art. By looking for art during every available moment, one becomes surprised where art exists: everywhere.

Art is simple. Art is complex. Art is everything. Take a moment, everyday, to find art in the surrounding world. By doing this simple task, the understanding of art emerges. This
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