I’ve always been intrigued with art that can tell a story and reach out to people. It’s even better when the same work of art can mean so many different things to different people. Today, as I was listening to Taylor Swift’s new album, ‘folklore’, I realized how her lyrics were exactly what I needed to hear right now. This is crazy, because a year ago when her album ‘Lover’ came out, the lyrics were what I needed back then. But after I contemplated for a while, I realized that what I was taking away from her music was different both times. That’s one of the most beautiful things about art that can mean something to people.
#folklore is exactly what I need right now. Every single song. It’s what I needed to hear. ❤️
— Shubhangi Srinivasan (@_The_Shubhster_) July 24, 2020
To form a connection with your audience through your art, no matter how you do it, is something that I am always surprised by. It requires a whole new level of vulnerability that a lot of people don’t really allow. Artists who can pour their emotions into their work, well enough for their work to actually end up meaning something to their audience, inspire me so much. It’s not an easy thing to do. It’s something that I try very hard, but I don’t know if my work will ever end up meaning something to people. No, this is not me comparing artists; this is me trying to be better at coming up with something that people can relate to.
It takes a lot of courage to put your emotions out there through your art and speaking from personal experience, more often than not, art that is emotionally driven is automatically a lot better than art that isn’t. It takes a lot of work to reach out to whatever number of people. It doesn’t matter how big or small your audience is. I cannot tell you how many times I have resonated with a work of art and hoped to let the artist know that I could relate to it. But since I’m too chicken to do that, I just settle for leaving nice comments under their work.
To say that I have been inspired would be an understatement. My entire work revolves around art and I am glad that I get to reach out to people every single day. If you can take away even just a little bit of positivity from what I put out there, that’s more than enough for me. I’ll call it a work well-done. I think that this is what draws a lot of people towards art: it’s not because something is pretty or pleasing to their senses. Rather, it’s about what they can take away from it. I love the fact that I get to be one of the people who keep creating art in an attempt to form a connection with the world. And I hold the highest admiration possible for others who continue to do so, in spite of the world constantly telling them that this is a ‘waste of time’.
Art is binding. You just need to let yourself feel the connection to it. It might not be the same art for everybody, but the way the connection forms is more or less the same. So, here’s to all the artists out there who put in a conscious amount of effort into making their art a lot more meaningful and emotionally driven. You are doing great and I hope somebody has told you that today!