My friend, photographer Craig Scogin (previous posts Not Really New… Not Really Mexico and Craig Scogin On What Is Art?), offers his views on why art is important. All photographs in today’s post were shot by Craig.
I have been asked why art is important. I had written about history and culture, healing and humanity, hearts and heads. As I distilled my thinking, one line stood by itself in my notes:
Art is important as the voice of imagination.
Whatever it is that motivates us to do it, however it is that we choose to express it, we are compelled to reveal the substance of our imagination. If I value my perception, my art is among the best ways to share it. If I value the vision of others, their art is among the best ways to experience it.
All that we are, ever have been or ever will be can be discovered in imagination. Our art gives us the means to communicate what we imagine. I can think of few things more important to the human spirit.
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