Donna Natura - Punt
Metamorphosis - Punt
What Is Art?
Art today can be a white
canvass, a burning American flag, or a poet reciting
verses in the silence of their mind. Art is also an outward
expression of what
one is thinking or feeling, using materials or other means
to convey it. There
is Fine Art, Commercial Art and everything in-between. I
mostly appreciate art
that is made with skills that can only be attained after
years of study and insight, combined with inspired talent.
Many egos are bruised everyday when artists are not considered
to be doing Fine Art, as opposed to other types of art.
What is Fine Art? Fine Art to me is a serious use of artistic
skills that have matured into an expression of ones thoughts.
Fine Art to a Modern Art Museum might be a blank unpainted
canvas, or a jar of urine. In this case I believe art has
mutated into philosophy and no longer resembles anything
to do with true art. So, does the King have clothes on,
Do You Make Art?
There are many reasons why I make art.
The first reason is because I have
always been an artist. In the First or Second grade I can
recall standing up in
front of the class with the other award winning finger painters
and showing off
our masterpieces. Since I had an aptitude in making art
I often got praises
because of it, this encouraged me to do more and better
creations. Aside from
the accolades, I soon noticed that I felt good or even happy
when I was drawing or painting. Art became a safe harbor
when I was feeling down. Other aspects of art eventually
became apparent to me as well. Aside from making money,
I found philosophical and political ideas could be expressed
in art. The biggest aspiration I once saw for doing art
was to be famous and to be written into the Art History
books for creating great and ground breaking work. My goals
are not so lofty now but I do strive to make something unique,
and would not mind being recognized on some level for contributing
original and quality art. Being respected by my pears and
helping to further the artistic expression of those around
me is also one of the main reasons I do art now. I love
making art and maybe that is the only reason that counts.
Gordon Punt, MFA