Artist’s Lifestyle And Art Appreciation

In response to Daily Prompt: Art Appreciation, which asks the question; “Do you need to agree with an artist’s lifestyle or politics to appreciate their art? To spend money on it?”, I would like to start by asking a few questions.
1) How often do you verify mathematicians’ lifestyles, before appreciating or applying their theories?
2) Do you verify the lifestyle of the manufacturers of your furniture, household utencils, equipment, electronic devices, building materials, clothes and other functional utilities, before admiring or purchasing them?
3) Have you ever investigated the politics of the producers of your manuals, meals, beverages, journals, catalogues, print-outs, calenders, jingles, beats, tunes and similar or contrasting products before utilizing or consuming them?

I am not completely ignoring the fact that arts are of various forms and genres. As a result of the diversity of art, some artworks or pieces cannot be seperated from the artist’s lifestyle, while some can.
The words of a song would often portray the composers’ philosophies even though the beats and tunes may not.
A dancers dressing and body movement would definitely tell a lot about his or her personality, especially if he/she originated the entire concept.
Depending on the form of an art and one’s interpretation of it’s implications on individuals and society, appreciating an art and spending money on it could arouse controversy or guilt.
I personally make it a point of duty neither to judge people by their lifestyles nor to reject functional and relevant products based on sentiments.
I am careful about my association with people and the kind of places I spend time in, for my own comfort and safety.
I transfer the same caution and care to the kind of information, images and interactions that I expose myself to or encourage others to partake in.
I would always appreciate and support images of beautiful flowers, but I may not transfer the same appreciation to images of an indecently dressed person, probably because I understand that people’s minds could dwell on the negative.
Arts inspire thoughts and provoke actions.
Arts possess the power to arouse emotions.
Arts can trigger sweet sensations and soothe a grieving soul.
Powerful tools are dangerous in the wrong hands.
Weigh the implications of the things that you support, but feel free to appreciate and to spend money on the art that appeals to you and inspires you positively.
Every concept, product or theory is an art and though every art reflects the creativity of the artist, not every art portrays or transfers the artist’s lifestyle.
Are good and evil from the same source?
Do either or both really exist?
We have every right to make our choices, yet we must be ready to face the consequences of our choices.
Feel free to decide your stand, but make sure that you take the best decision.
Life is beautiful, we must ensure that our lives contribute to life’s beauty.
How do you think an artist’s lifestyle relates to his art and what is your opinion about supporting arts with respect to the artist’s lifestyle or politics?

Nnamonu Tochukwu.
Teecee.
Artist’s Lifestyle And Art Appreciation

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12 Responses to Artist’s Lifestyle And Art Appreciation

  1. Marie Nicole says:

    This makes me hate the fact that most of what we know in terms of medicine and health comes from doctors’ studies (aka torture) on humans during WWII.

    “Life is beautiful, we must ensure that our lives contribute to life’s beauty.” Well said…

    • You just pointed out one of the ironies of life. Out of painful scenarios or ill intended ambitions of some, beautiful things have been born for all.
      We’ve just got to keep putting smiles on faces and making souls breathe lighter. That way, we would be happier too.
      Thanks for stopping by with such insightful words! 🙂

  2. Hi Son, thank you for expressing your thoughts and as always they are prompting us to ponder and think on real life issues. Yes we can focus on what is evil or we can focus on all that is good and pleasing to God.

    Colossians 3:1-3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on worldly riches and earthly gain. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

    Regardless of whatever happens to me, I believe God will work it all out for good, this is His promise. Man has indeed done evil in this world and continues to do so, does God approve, He hates evil although He can indeed bring good from it but to say He does evil to bring good from it is wrong and the Scriptures tell us to say this is slander and those who deliberately promote this lie will suffer eternally, unless they come to heart repentance. But we need to be able to discern what is evil and what is not, the same as what is Truth and what is not. Some people such as Brother Andrew, Amy Carmichael, Spies working for good or when protection is needed like with Rehab in the Bible etc seem to be promoting a lie but when is a lie, really a lie or when is evil, really evil and not what man thinks is evil in their own understanding.

    Art in any form expresses the Artists heart focus, yes they may use what God has created and that is very good but their own interpretation may be wrong or their reason for using it or promoting it.

    Son you seem to be saying that if we appreciate it’s beauty then it does not matter what they think or feel, ? God tells us as a man thinks in His heart so His actions will follow, God’s Love will not come from a heart that is cold the same as most flowers cannot blossom fully in the snow, when our hearts are focused only on the things of this earth that have no eternal value then they become cold, only Jesus can melt them ( see Link below )

    Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/the-winter-of-the-soul/

    Christian Love to you dear Son from us always – Anne

    • Thanks Granny Annie for always giving your honest interpretation and advice.
      I personally believe that nobody would appreciate something that he/she hates or call a detestful thing beautiful.
      We all have an individual walk with God and I believe that whether or not we agree, God gives us the will and the ability to do good things.
      Certain privileges that we enjoy are not by our merit as we think. They are gifts from God.
      “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God,” (Ecclesiastes 2:24).
      “for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?” (Ecclesiastes 2:25).
      “To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2:26).

      Sometimes, even our conviction of good and evil are given to us by God. The interpretaions we personally give to scriptures may differ in one form or the other, but God who sees each heart and understands man’s thoughts knows what judgement to profer.
      I leave judgement to God and I take responsibility of the things that I have my convictions about, without trying to tag anybodyelse’s opinion as inferior.
      God’s word is true, infact, Christ is the word that became flesh. God’s word is the expression of God. Each of us on earth have an aspect of God that we ought to express and that is why, even though God is one, He is omni potent, omni present and omni scient. Convictions may differ from person to person but God remains God.
      The more we are open minded to God’s word, the more we would learn to accept by faith somethings that we cannot change.
      Scripture says; let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he falls.
      It further says, many who are first will be last…
      Our interpretations and judgements would never be as accurate as that of God, but we should follow them as He lays them in our hearts without minding what the world thinks.
      God was done with creation and He saw that all things were good. We’ve got to believe to see as He see too.
      Great points Granny, I always enjoy your perspectives. They dig up the unseen! 🙂
      Regards to Ron.
      -Love Son.

  3. This is a great subject to bring up. I agree that we should not judge others, artists or non artists, by the way they choose to live. However, I think that it easier said than done. On the other hand, I don’t think people know the true facts about the artist, or even care, when buying their pieces. In my case, no one has asked me for a bio or a confession.. heehee. Maybe, in the case of famous artist, the situation would be different. 😀

    • “In my case, no one has asked me for a bio or a confession…”
      This really got me laughing!
      Like you rightly pointed out, the case may be different with famous artists. People always attach one form of bias or suspicion to their dealings with other people.
      It may not be as easy as it sounds to completely stop judging people, but it is worth trying.
      We should encourage productivity, especially as regards relevant, worthy and inspiring pieces.
      Thanks for sparking up laughter! I personally enjoyed your response. 🙂

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  5. I think an artist is what its art reflects…. Sometimes the piece of art invites the observer to a deeper analysis and meeting the artist would answer many question; other times, the piece does and speaks well on its own, thriving without the presence or interpretation of the author… I feel the artist’s life matters more when his work has outlived him/her… 🙂 Alexandra

    • This is part of why you are so unique; you often see beyond the scope!
      When an artist’s work lives on, it proves it’s quality. There are both positive and negative legacies, so we must thrive to appreciate and encourage such legacies that would make the world a better place.
      Your words bring more life to this concept! Thanks for dropping in! 🙂

      • From all we’ve learned about art history, we sometimes expect to find a tortured soul or an enlightened human being behind an intriguing or impactful piece of art but it is not always the case… So finding the author is a middle-aged housewife could be a turn down if this is the way the observer appreciates art… I see them as independent entities: auhor/artist and piece of art

      • True, my friend. The piece of art is often a seperate entity from the artist, especially where it expresses creativity and probably functionality.
        Art is vast and powerful; it appeals to the mind and has strong influence on emotions. I think I agree with you; jugde the artwork and not the artist.
        You are one unique artist too, I’m sure your works speak good of you! 🙂

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