This is a quote from a conversation between Seth Godin and Mary Jaksch.
For a long time, my definition of art was conventional. It was limited to those people who
- made pictures whether painted, drawn, or photographed
- wrote poems, or stories, or novels
- played an instrument, or sang
- acted on the stage or screen.
For me, these were the Artists making ART.
Seth Godin’s thoughts on what art is better reflects how I feel about this now.
Art is personal and subjective. Art is much broader than developing and using a specific set of skills; skills that take time to develop and require some innate talent.
What Godin suggests is that any human pursuit (gardening, cooking, computer programming) can be elevated to an expressive level. Any pursuit can inspire and transcend our perceived limitation of everyday life. This expanded definition of art acknowledges that the ability to express that special quality of human experience rests just beneath the surface and is available to all of us.
Being an artist, in this broader sense, is something that we should encourage in ourselves and in others.
To me it’s important to let creativity surface in an organic way nurtured by the many facets of my life. At this moment of my life, origami is one way for me to be creative. We should let creativity take us where it might, regardless of the medium we choose to work in.
How about you? How do you feel about Seth Godin’s definition of art? What is your own definition of art?
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Photo: Origami Ladybug, designed by Leyla Torres