Anya Newsome
Anya Newsome

“Art to me the ability to express all these jumbled up emotions that you have inside of you through various mediums.” Primary: Songwriting Secondary: Dancing, Fine Arts

Anya Newsome
Anya Newsome

“Art to me the ability to express all these jumbled up emotions that you have inside of you through various mediums.” Primary: Songwriting Secondary: Dancing, Fine Arts

Anya Newsome
Anya Newsome

“Art to me the ability to express all these jumbled up emotions that you have inside of you through various mediums.” Primary: Songwriting Secondary: Dancing, Fine Arts

Reilly Cox
Reilly Cox

“Art is what a human being does to feel fulfilled… Something they do to make their days feel like they mattered and they accomplished something.” Primary: Writing Secondary: Music

Reilly Cox
Reilly Cox

“Art is what a human being does to feel fulfilled… Something they do to make their days feel like they mattered and they accomplished something.” Primary: Writing Secondary: Music

Reilly Cox
Reilly Cox

“Art is what a human being does to feel fulfilled… Something they do to make their days feel like they mattered and they accomplished something.” Primary: Writing Secondary: Music

Caitlin Martinez
Caitlin Martinez

“Art to me is a way of expression… Art is anything that... is creative and makes you feel better. [Art is what] you think is beautiful.” Primary: Drawing Secondary: Textile Arts, Costume Design

Caitlin Martinez
Caitlin Martinez

“Art to me is a way of expression… Art is anything that... is creative and makes you feel better. [Art is what] you think is beautiful.” Primary: Drawing Secondary: Textile Arts, Costume Design

Caitlin Martinez
Caitlin Martinez

“Art to me is a way of expression… Art is anything that... is creative and makes you feel better. [Art is what] you think is beautiful.” Primary: Drawing Secondary: Textile Arts, Costume Design

“Who will dare say he has defined art?”

 

Words are ambiguous.  Definitions are difficult.  Yet, to arrive a solution, context is key.  One such word that often receives defining, yet little context, is art.

As an art student myself, I have been asked the question "What is art?" more times than I care to admit.  Each time, it makes a fiery debate in the classroom, often with peers asking for context.  I do as well, but I also ask for connection between the context and the given meaning.  

With that in mind, I decided to seek out definitions while providing context, thereby creating a connection.  In order to do so, I first photographed the open hands of artists.  Afterwards, I shot their hands with their chosen tool of expression and later a close-up portrait of their face.  Once all photos were taken, I recorded their definition of art and assembled all elements together.

The further I delve into this project, the more I realize how ambiguous the word art is.  However, I believe there is beauty in that and it will allow more answers to arise.  After all, I define art as an excellent means to express an extension of yourself… Like a voice.  Therefore good art commences, continues, or contributes to a conversation… Like a voice.  So if that means more voices will emerge, I am most certainly eager to listen!

- April 2017