Imagine yourself in the Louvre in Paris, pushing through the throngs to behold the Mona Lisa’s smile or imagine yourself strolling through the MoMA in New York or again, admiring the majesty of the Sydney Opera House. Most likely your skin will tingle, you will feel a thrill and you will find yourself pausing in front of such beauty.
It is fascinating how even the smallest glimpse of various forms of art can produce a rush in a viewer. I remember being enchanted by musicals like the Phantom of the Opera or being left speechless by a 10-year-old’s performance of a complex piano piece, and I also remember enjoying seeing a group of young boys performing break-dance in the streets in Paris.
I believe that there is a universal impulse to express oneself and this suggests that human beings are naturally hardwired for art as art is present in every place and in every era. I also consider any form of art as an amazing talent and although it may not be possible for many of us to spend a lot of time in artistic activities, we can always be involved in something, even if it only means visiting art galleries or going to see shows.
Many neurologists today stress the importance of art in our lives as they realize how the organisation of the brain relates to the conception and experience of art and they state that art truly is an expression of human nature. Furthermore, the benefit that can be achieved by being involved in artistic activities are manifold. Dancing, for instance, requires a lot of physical activity and it is an excellent way of both keeping fit and having fun. Other activities such as painting, drawing or singing are also enjoyable, relaxing and enable us to escape from the rat race of our daily routine.
So, what kind of artist are you? Musician, dancer, singer or painter?
Whatever your view of art is, always remember …
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls”