How Art Lifts Our Souls

JoAnne Artman Gallery
Mar 17, 2020 7:34PM

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”― Pablo Picasso

As the novel coronavirus spreads across the globe, aspects of our daily lives have come to a halt. Within this new reality, the cultural sector has shut down with museums, galleries, and theaters closed and fairs and festivals cancelled or postponed indefinitely. The situation is evolving quickly and with information very much in flux, performing and visual arts may seem trivial in the face of pandemic. And yet, in moments of fear, isolation, and crisis, it is more critical than ever to have art as a unifying means of connection and outlet for our disorienting present.

Greg Miller
Love (Red), 2019
JoAnne Artman Gallery

There is a need in all human beings to ease loneliness, loneliness stemming from quarantine or not, by establishing connections with other people by sharing life experiences and beliefs. One of the ways we are able to forge these bonds is through the arts. Because art holds such power to express different perspectives, it has the ability to connect us with each other in ways little else does. Providing a medium to share human needs, fears, desires, dreams, and struggles, art allows the opportunity to communicate across barriers of language and culture.

Just as art connects us to each other through similarity, it also has the power to evoke sympathy and compassion for personal, cultural, and societal differences. It allows us to discover and embrace unfamiliar aspects of life, leading to greater inclusiveness. Ultimately, compassion and acceptance will heal the world, and art helps facilitate this. It is a great opportunity for cultures to connect, and for communities to grow together.

Art has a measurable impact on our economy, health and well-being, society and education. By buying from a living artist or from a gallery, you are actually improving the prosperity of your local community as a whole by contributing to a local economy, investing in collective and personal narratives, and even supporting social or political movements.

In addition to having a direct and immediate impact on their careers, investing in the artworks of living artists can change the future of art as a whole. If we want to have an influx of quality art in our futures, we, as individuals and as a society, need to invest in the artists of today. Art makes the world more inclusive, and, because of this, moves us ever more forward toward a more compassionate, educated, and understanding society. In unsettling times such as these, art forms hold the unique ability to lift our souls in spite of fear, isolation, and distance.

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