The expressions and manifestations of the human being in relation to life, the universe, his own emotions and experiences are what many call art. Be it painting, drawing, sculpture, poetry, dance.
Although the concept is diffuse and can be different according to the culture and experience of a people, art is present all over the world and has great influence on everyday life. Art in society can reveal much about the present moment, about the artist himself and his relationship with the world around him as well as the people who come into contact with the work.
The role of art in society
Much can be discovered from a people or period by the artifacts found. Artistic doing expresses much about the individual, who is inserted in the collective and therefore influences and is influenced by the environment in which he lives. Having this ability to access deep knowledge and feelings, art can be used in different ways in society.
Art in different areas of life
- Expression of the human being
Perhaps that is the best known function of art, or the most accepted. They are the paintings that express the author’s personal anguishes, the poems that speak of the artist’s soul, the graffiti on the wall that reacts to political movements, etc.
It is through art that the human being is able to share his experiences and feelings with all those who are available, willing and tuned. In this way, art is free and cannot be imposed. It is necessary to be open to receive and feel its meaning, which will also be personal and intimate.
Both the artist who creates the work and the audience that appreciates it participate in the process of human expression. The construction of meanings is related to the essence of each one and, therefore, will be exclusive to each individual who makes and receives.
This space of creation and experimentation is intrinsic to everyone, so everyone is an artist, even if they do not perceive it. When writing a letter, talking about your feelings or giving a friend something made by your own hands, art is used as an intimate and unique expression.
- Art Therapy
Art can also be a tool for therapy, healing, self-knowledge and analysis. Many elements can be used, such as drawings, music, theater and handicrafts, to help a person access feelings, memories and knowledge, bringing to light blocks, traumas and issues that need to be analyzed and worked on.
Over language barriers, art has the ability to communicate without words. Different groups and people can transmit a lot of information through art, creating a deep and present connection, which is often not possible through words alone.
- Education with art
Although the academic training model is still the most recognized and accepted, other forms of learning are gaining prominence as a complementary and equally important way. People have different profiles and ways of assimilating content: some are more visual, others absorb more information through listening, others need to write and schematize. Art is a way to open up the range and democratize education, so that people with these different types of learning can also be contemplated.
Art plays an important role in society as a way to resignify and recycle objects that would be discarded, thus reducing the accumulation of garbage that we have on our planet. Handicraft is the most common way to transform and create with discarded waste.
Art is very much linked to human essence, to the creative force that moves and connects people. If society is made of people, then it is made of art.