“Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences” – Roy Ascott.
Good art, in my opinion, is not majorly based on appearance but more so on how its appearance affects the viewer. Does it bring back a glimpse of a past experience; does it evoke feelings of sadness, anger, happiness or joy; does it centre your focus and relax your mind, or does it rile you up; does it even have any affect at all? The great thing about an artwork is how it can mean entirely different things to many different people.
Another great thing about art is that it allows for complete freedom of expression. To me, this is pretty amazing. Colours, images, movement, intensity of light and dark, contrast, texture, sounds, music and rhythm all say so much, in such powerful ways. They are modes of communication that can reach into us and nestle in our hearts or niggle at the back of our minds. Art gets us thinking; asking questions about the world around us; challenging our views.
Art allows us to process our emotions and thoughts by bringing our internal world out, and also by bringing the external world in. As the great art critic Jerry Saltz once said, “Art is a way of showing the outside world what your inside world is like.”