We turn to art because it is the greatest expression of humanity available to all –
Art is important both on a personal and on a collective level, it can make those of us who feel on the outside, feel inside. It can touch those who have lost touch, it can connect us to ourselves and to society. It can show us where we could go if only we would. Art can help us define our sense of self, and at the same time it facilitate new meetings. Art can unite and divide, challenge and dismay, inspire and offend. Art can arouse our emotions and feed the human condition.
The poet Lemn Sissay says: Art bridges the gap between the spiritual world and the physical one. At time’s of great need – trauma, loss, celebration, reunion, hope, introduction, – we need the bridge. We need art. It’s why there is song. It is why there is poetry. It is why there is dance. It is why there is music. What can art do? Art can saves lives.
In words slightly less poetic, Roberta Smith said: Art gives people the tools to see above the trench of existence and see how the land really lies. People who deny others access to the arts want us to go to work, come home, play stupid video games and never be able to ask a decent question. Art is a way of – and a place where – ordinary people can ask decent and unordinary questions.
What art can do is what it does!
Cheryl Ann Thomas graduated from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California in 1982, and she lives and works in California. Having studied as a painter, and worked as a grade school teacher for several years, Thomas emerged as a ceramic sculptor in the late 1990s.