Art is secondary to life

Art is about life; it is not life. It reflects the thoughts and emotions and actions of its creators. Although art is static, it nevertheless tells stories of those that could not be told in any other way. Why is that? A person’s actions in creating works of art are controlled by their thoughts. Their thoughts come about from their very own personal interactions with others and with their environment. This gives artists inspiration to create their art with emotions and feelings that define more about their inner thoughts than it does about anything else. 


Life means living, and in the finest sense of art, each individual is a work of art. They are unique, having been fashioned from parents who combined their talents, emotions, feelings and potentials into a new life.  To live is to grow and breath. In nature, plants, trees and animals, are living breathing organisms. Trees and other plants take up carbon dioxide given off by animals and return it to the environment in the form of oxygen. Animals, people included, need oxygen to breathe. Breathing is necessary to life. 

The wonders of nature: landscapes and still life with bowls of luscious fruit are favorite topics of artists. They show the importance of the interactions between mankind and their environment. These are relevant to everyone, but it takes the artists who seem to have particular considerations for both life and art, to render these perishables imperishable. 

No one probably thinks of themselves as walking works of art, but in truth they are. If one dwells any length of time thinking through how life and art interacts, they would come to the conclusion that indeed human beings are the most important works of art. Yet, they are the primary sources of art, and it is not out of the question to simply state that fact. Their artist of course is their creator. In the beginning, God created man and woman, and from this work of created human life, art was formed.

It’s quite okay to put this fact aside for later consideration, but nonetheless it’s true. Of course these secondary artists, flawed humankind, are creators of secondary art, but then who created them? All questions such as these probably gave rise to the world of art as most people know it today. They see it as something apart from themselves, and a great many don’t bother with it at all. What they want is a pretty picture to decorate their wall, and many, preferring primary art, would much rather tack up a picture of Jesus Christ, for example, than a Picasso or some other applauded art form.

Why? They understand Jesus Christ, and they simply don’t get modern art. In their opinion, it’s a big bunch of pretension, and they want nothing to do with it. That’s okay, but the world of art goes on and gets more expensive every day, and yes some of it is excellent and behind its real value lays thoughts and emotions that may simply be priceless. But is that unlike humanity? Isn’t there within each some redeeming spark? Could that not also be said about secondary art?

Secondary art

Art is not simply a pretty or ugly picture. The height and breadth of art encompasses many media including performance art, photography, dance, sculpting, working with clay, singing, and to yes, simply living. Life is art; there is no denying that fact. You see, what makes art worthwhile and so treasured, is that it mimics life. Aren’t treasures like that worth keeping?