How can there be an academic category, free of formulas and proofs, which is grounded in personal interpretation? This question sheds light on the pure and unique value of the arts. Even those who view the arts as a stressbuster from the rigor of other “academic” courses eventually appreciate its role for individual growth and for all of humanity.
Although overwhelmed by strict deadlines, IB artists are left with the freedom of exploring ideas and mediums until they discover a common theme which runs through all their body of work. When that moment comes, it is like finding the spinal cord to which all nerves connect. Ideas are spontaneous, sometimes sparking several avenues of thought, but most artists rely on a blend of personal and cultural experiences. I often find inspiration in what my peers are creating; each one of us has a style and a preferred medium, which motivates all of us to experiment while acknowledging each other’s individual talent.
Art is meant to provoke human thought. Though often appreciated for its technical prowess, art can be equally complex based on its idea. The root of these ideas stems from deep awareness and reflection. From concept to technique , from sketch to completion, each brushstroke, color, and object can strike someone's heart in a special way. Itt only seems fair, then, to leave art to individual judgment and preferences. The same canvas can invoke fury and chaos in one mind, and calm and order in the other.
One of the challenges with the arts is avoiding comparison and sweeping statements which try to “frame” something invisible. Every young artist reaches a stage where their work reflects a deeper emotion which can’t be graded. Have you ever relived a memory by hearing a familiar sound or smelling a scent? To others, these noises mean nothing, but to you, they could unlock a memory of a breathtaking encounter or jubilant emotion. Artists attempt to capture these inexplicable connections and carve clues within layers of meaning.
I love art because it can’t be replicated. Even if someone tried, it would be like reading an old speech, centuries removed from when it was first made. Art also allows you to recreate mistakes on purpose as a part of discovery. Art talks to us in a way someone never could while driving us further away from the truth we wish to see, and toward the one we’re meant to see.