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The 5 main things that give art meaning

One of the main things that has enabled art to transcend time and cultures is the meaning that can be inferred from the art. This is because art is not merely meant for visual stimulation but also to stimulate thoughts and emotions.

In this article, we are going to look at the 5 main things that give art meaning.

1 What the art represents

Most artists will use their art as a way of expression through visual stimulation and not just for visual appeal. It’s this expression that the art represents that ends up giving it meaning because of its ability to give mental stimulation to the viewer.

2 What the art makes reference to

In some instances, artistes will use their art to make reference to another artistes work as they seek to give their own perspective to the inferences another artiste sought to bring out through their art. This can be considered as continuing a conversation that another artiste began.

3 The emotion the art evokes

Artistes tend to use their art to tell a story in a way that evokes some kind of emotion which in most cases will be a very specific emotion. An artiste will either want you to empathize, feel happy or saddened depending on how the subject has been depicted.

4 The statement the art makes

Most artistes will avoid seating on the bench and will often use their art as a form of self-expression by making their feelings known about a situation. Their art will therefore be their statement either in support or against an issue they consider important to them.

5 The hidden meaning behind the art

Artistes will often use their art as some form of metaphor especially when it’s about issues that are intangible. It’s the hidden meaning behind the art that ends up giving meaning to the art itself.

Whether you are an artiste or an art enthusiast, these 5 factors are what you should look out for as they determine whether the art is of good quality or it’s not.

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