Is art everywhere? It’s obviously been part of the human experience since our beginnings on this planet. Why are people compelled to create?
Cave paintings, it is frequently theorized, were created as part of religious ceremonies or rituals. Petroglyphs, some experts believe are a form a “pre-writing.” They usually include familiar archetypes: Kokopelli, caterpillars, ladders, wheels, and others.
Are these rock carvings still considered “art” if it they are used as a form of communication? Isn’t all art an attempt to communicate something? Even if it’s merely a glimpse into the conversation between an artist and her muse.
Vacationing in the Carolinas last week, we seemed to keep stumbling onto art. Of course there were some amazing traditional artworks in the galleries in French Quarter Galleries in Charlestown, SC.
It was also fun to find it in the unexpected places, like the beach, in a bathroom stall and along the roadside in Edisto Beach, SC.
It all reminds me of a quote from novelist Katherine Anne Porter “Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.”
Wonder what other people think?