It was hard to limit myself to two pages for this paper about how I see art in my life. Although I talk about how art has always played a big role in my life, I don’t mention that I am still intimidated to call myself an artist. I don’t think I can articulate my thoughts all the way through, but there is something scary to me about giving myself the title of an artist. Don’t get me wrong, I want to be one. I want to be a successful choreographer confident enough to state that I am an artist! I am SO grateful for the lessons I’ve learned in this class to take with me and help me reach my goal of becoming a successful choreographer.
Art and My Life
When I think about what art is, I am reminded of the beginning of the semester when we all wrote our own definition of art on the board. The white board was filled with a wide variety of definitions as we all used different words to articulate what art meant to us. This was just a small in class activity, but It was eye opening to get a glimpse of the many different meanings art serves to a large group of people that may or may not consider themselves artists. Throughout the semester, that single definition I had come up with expanded, as I now see what it means for art to be in everything, everywhere.
As a dance major, art has always played a big role in my life. I have been dancing since I was three and have watched my older sister perform in professional dance companies all my life. Being exposed and involved in the dance world helped shape what art means to me and continues to help me find myself artistically. When I was younger, I saw dance as more of a sport than an art and as I have grown up, that perspective has totally flip flopped. It use to bother me that when I go to see a performance, I typically have no insight into the choreographers purpose of the piece. Now, creating my own interpretation and emerging myself in the experience of the performance has become my favorite part. Dance is incredibly powerful as it is music or silence in a space given limbs and thought. With dance being my biggest exposure to art, I always thought of art as a form of communicating thoughts in a new way because that is what dancers do as we express ideas or concepts through movement.
This semester in Art 110 has allowed me to expand the way I define what art is and how it applies to my life. Being exposed to a lot of visual art in this class gave me the opportunity to see art through a fresh set of eyes since it was something new to me. It was so interesting how easily I was able to connect my life as a dancer and just as an everyday person to all the artists work. I learned that art is in everything. The way people walk, dress or communicate, the sky, nature, everyday objects ect. It’s all art. I remember talking to Jenny Rask, an MFA artist, who’s work Make Them Light was so similar to the purpose behind the choreography I was learning in modern. In our conversation with one another I was given a new perspective of what it means to give objects a purpose and let that impact the way I moved in modern. I also remember talking to artist Abby Olivia who used art as a coping mechanism. I talked to the people around me and we could all relate in some way of how art is healing. Whether that means looking at art, dancing, creating or finding art in daily life activities. In this class I was inspired to see that everyone has an artistic side to them. Regardless if they consider themselves an artist or not, everyone in the class brought a new artistic perspective. This lesson was very important to me because as a choreographer, my main goal is to create work that is relatable to an audience beyond dancers, but to reach and impact those who are unfamiliar with the art form. Art 110 showed me that this goal of mine is possible because you can find art in anything depending on your perspective, and every individual has a creative side to them.
Finally, I am excited to see how this knowledge will impact my future work as a dancer and choreographer, as I already feel completely influenced by this class to create work differently. I am grateful for the opportunities this class provided me with by attempting artistic activities I never have before and talking to many different visual artists to learn about their work and perspective. Art is in everything and in everyone, an important lesson to take from this class.