We are all artists.
Humans exist through art, but not just the kind in museums. Art surrounds us: we live it, breath it, produce and consume it. It is in the clothes we wear, the songs we sing, and it carries us through the challenges we face. Art is the transcendent language of life.
Art is a conversation.
I grew up on a farm in California's San Joaquin Valley, where I liked to run around and build things. I was an artist long before I realized what it was that I was doing: making things was making art. After years spent living it, and studying it, my understanding of art has evolved: it’s never simply an object, or simply the process of the production of an object. It’s more like a conversation, connecting people together – it can’t exist in a vacuum. Art is something that arises within the context of a community, small or large, that either creates the work, directly, or indirectly completes the work of art through experiencing it, being transformed by it, and living through it.
Art is all around us.
I first began thinking more closely about art when I studied art history as an undergrad in college. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I what I was studying was not art history, but rather Fine Art history. Eventually, I broadened my horizons and like most people who are actively making art, I started to see it everywhere, all around me. Distinctions about what particular type of art it was fell away allowing me to see it in much broader, and ultimately much deeper, ways. The fact that Fine Art dominates our social and cultural understanding of art in general is no accident; it profoundly limits our understanding of art, as well as our understanding of art’s role in the history and behavior of humankind.