Why Visual Art Is Essential To Human Life

Why Visual Art Is Essential To Human Life

Creating art is the best and most accessible medium to express our emotions.
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Art: the conscious use of skill and creative imagination, especially in the production of aesthetic objects.

Art is an integral part of the human experience. Self-expression that comes from art not only benefits the artist, but also the viewers. Whether it be painting, sketching, or any other of the many mediums, there is rooted commonality in the way many interpret a certain image.

Since art is visual, some viewers may be more willing to view an opposing perspective when it is visual and not as combative as a conversation may be. Being able to view another's perspective on an idea or topic may help you question your own biases and opinions. Creating art also gives us space where we can examine our perspective without judgment.

Being able to express one's opinions, attitudes, and beliefs in visual art are essential to one's well-being. In the age of social media, it is easy to be caught up in presenting our 'best-self', making it easier to lose sight of our actual opinions and viewpoints because we want to be seen in a certain light by our peers.

Creating art has also been known to maintain positive psychological health. In a Huffington Post article, it is clear that creating art has many psychological benefits. Research has shown that creating art reduces stress and anxiety and can increase positive emotions, among many other effective outcomes.

Creating visual art can help people tap into their creative sides that are often hidden during a daily 9-5 or classroom setting. In school, along with work, most activities are based on logic or reasoning and starve the creative sides of ourselves. It is important to live a balanced life that both caters to the left and right sides of our brains.


"Guernica" (1937) — Pablo PicassoWikimedia Commons

Visual art also transforms the way we view the world around us, the people we surround ourselves with, and the way we view ourselves. One piece of art that caused major waves in the past was Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" in 1937. Picasso was able to bring to life the brutality and inhumanity of humans throughout the war.

His painting was a reference to Nazi Germany bombing the Basque country of "Guernica" during the Spanish Civil War, which brought tremendous amounts of pain and anguish to many Europeans.

Even though a very violent image, "Guernica" has become an expression of peace, embodying the anti-war sentiment. "Guernica" was and is still seen as the political piece that changed the perspective on war for many people around the world.

Even though we all can't be the next Pablo Picasso, we can all still practice art. I know a lot of people have a strong opinion on whether they are an 'artist' or not, but I beg everyone to at least go out and try.

Even though art can be strenuous mentally, and can become frustrating, it is important to foster our artistic side to get a break from our regular routine. Go create something new!

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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