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Engaging with Art


The Blind Girl by John Evert Millias

Art is a way of expression, conveying a feeling, a judgement and an observation. Twentieth century German existentialist philosopher Martin Heideggar explains the essence of art in terms of the concepts of being and truth. He argues that art is not only a way of expressing the element of truth in a culture, but the means of creating it and providing a springboard from which ”that which is” can be revealed. Works of art are not only merely representations of the way things are, but actually produce a community’s shared understanding. Each time a new artwork is added to any culture, the meaning of what is to exist is inherently changed.

To enrich our culture we need to ask what we are doing to create our ‘truths’ so that we are guided to be, and to live. Sadly a culture that is devoid of creative engagement with itself and its past risks losing ‘aura’ for its inheritors and at some point it tends to lose its ‘lustre’ altogether thus leaving people in the limbo.

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  1. Mohdin Khan
    July 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Art is life

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