What is Art?

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Defining Art

Have you ever looked or hear some sort of object or sound and feeling some sort of emotional overflowing your body? Some individuals define that as art; the Merriam-Webster definition of art is, "the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power." Throughout the generations and centuries, art has changed its meaning along with our evolving society. Old fashion art consists of having creative skills that is put to use, compared to modern day, art can be in the form of anything that expresses creativity or anything that disturbs the mind. Art is used in our media for advertising ideas and products; art is even being changed and modified to our likings such as Photoshop and plastic surgery because the body can also be like art as we look at one another with emotional connections.

Looking at an object and feeling some sort of emotion causes the individuals to wonder, how can the artist do such a good job at conveying his thoughts and beauty? Through experiences and truths they connect through their work, which can impact the thoughts of other's views of conflict and ignite deeper thoughts. In one of Faulkner's line, he states how a poet's voice was like the pillars to help them endure and prevail, relating to Solzhenitsyn's purpose in his speech which he asked the artists and writers to help end falsehood so that it could end further problems. In Plato's writings he mentions, "…music imitates emotions…poetry, drama, music, painting, dance, all stir up our emotions. All of the arts move people powerfully," showing us...