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Part II – The Language of Art (a means of communication)

Part II – The Language of Art (a means of communication)

Dalia Yassine

Being exposed to art also pushes us into entering a larger discourse of international culture in our highly tied up times, art communicates through us and for us. We are the carriers of art.

 

As mentioned in my preceding article, ‘we connect through art, on numerous levels'…

The notion of art and design is believed to be about communication where art, culture and technology mix and in which emotional content is central. Art is a universal language, communicating a certain idea, state, space…

Look at ancient cave paintings, in which evidence suggests that they were not merely decorations of living areas, since the caves in which they have been found do not have signs of ongoing habitation. Some theories hold that cave paintings may have been a way of communicating with others, while other theories attribute a religious or ritual purpose to them. The paintings are curiously similar around the world, with animals and hands being common subjects.

Religious and spiritual art is mainly produced in an attempt to illustrate, supplement and portray in a tangible form the sacred principles of religions and their traces; they leave behind information, proof and questions of existence.

Forms of art play a fundamental role in our lives; they are a record of time and space, beliefs and values, existence and experiments, history and culture and archives of realization(s).  

 

Art speaks out content that is often forgotten in our times, it reminds and remembers. It arises conversations and discussions, bringing people together.

There isn't much reason in trying to match art objects to words, I believe, but a significant amount of the drama lies in the narrative of an item; where, how and by whom was it made.

These tales of ‘commonplace’ things captivate us. It assures us that the world accommodates us and that we, in return, can accommodate it and what it brings. Surely, not all stories are joyful; art reassures us that pain and suffering are quotidian. It projects all kinds of emotions with therapeutic powers. 

Artworks of war and conflict are numerous; they are here to remind us of how and when history happened and reflect the paths of our dark times. We feel the need to sympathize with conflict and war; it is a sign of collective memory, history and pain. It brings people closer, more intimate, more intellectual and more real.

 

I have said so before, and will say so once again, Art is everywhere; desire, nostalgia, loss, fear and the urge to sustain a system against the destructiveness of time.

Memory and art go hand in hand and we are in a constant act of artfully representing and communicating these past, and soon to be past, states and occurrences. 

Doesn't that, in itself, give art and physicality a unique meaning? And, can it be that art can tell stories more eloquently than people?