When it comes to art, there really isn’t any kind of limit you can put on it because almost everything around us is a kind of artwork in itself. So I don’t see why there is so much discrimination in what we actually consider art and what we don’t. Right from the way we choose to present ourselves to the way we organize our homes, it’s all just a kind of art, even if we do end up looking for inspiration on Pinterest. In fact, I think that the more we expand our horizons, the more we really understand what art is.
Which brings me around to the fact that I have recently started listening to a lot of K-Pop and I’ve been watching K-Dramas and Chinese dramas on Netflix because I wanted to see what the hype was all about and believe me, I was so pleasantly surprised. Their stories have so much more essence, so much more heart and so much more creativity than a bunch of other ideas that keep getting upcycled again and again on streaming platforms. It was a breath of fresh air to finally come across something new for a change.
And even though the art forms vary vastly across the world, they remain, at their very cores, a means to express different kinds of emotions. I used to be all hoity-toity about abstract art because I thought it was absolutely absurd, that it was not even real art; it was just shapes and colours. That was until I realized how much certain colours and shapes can influence our moods and the general ambience of a place. It’s something very simple but at the same time, very fascinating because most of us don’t seem to look at these things deeper than the surface.
In the last few weeks, I’ve wanted to yell myself hoarse until I couldn’t even hear my own thoughts. And in these weeks, I have turned to art. Whether it was music, Netflix or writing, I’ve felt a lot better every time I chose art as an outlet for my emotions. So when I decided to explore more art, outside of what I was already used to, I ended up discovering a whole new world. A whole new perspective that allowed me to expand the way I looked at the world around me. A way to see more than I could right now.
And while it was eye-opening, how beautiful different forms of art can be, I couldn’t help but notice all the ugliness that comes with things people aren’t familiar with. I see an endless amount of hate tweets directed at K-Pop simply because people ‘cannot understand’ the language, which happens to be the worst reason, by the way. Then comes all the unnecessary xenophobic and racist hate, as well as the ‘us versus them’ mentality. All of this makes art just a very toxic space instead of the kind of healthy outlet that it was originally supposed to be.
This also reminds me of how people think that art can only be enjoyed by those who know something about it. Wrong! You don’t have to enjoy art only if you’re good at it. In fact, all art is meant for the world. And art does not discriminate; it’s the people who end up making art a toxic place. So it doesn’t really matter if you’re not very good at the kind of art you enjoy. Do it anyway because you like to. That’s the whole point of art. That is how all of us can keep the true spirit of art alive.
I keep thinking about how much art has influenced all of our lives and how many of us have ended up studying or working our art because that’s how passionate we are about it. But I never realized how it would end up meaning so much to me, or how much deeper I would end up understanding art. I am so happy I decided to look past the kind of prejudice that divides the world instead of uniting it, and I am glad that I chose art as the way to go about it.
So the next time you want to spew hate about something you simply do not understand, I beg you to at least try giving it a shot before you outright decide that it isn’t good. It doesn’t have to be your vibe, but how would you know if you never even gave yourself the chance to experience something as beautiful as a new form of art?
Just something for you to think about.
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