The human relationship to art in its various forms, through the synergistic emotional impulses of thought and feeling, create boundless free-flowing connections throughout all time and space. We are linked to our ancient ancestors by innate artistic abilities that extend into modern innovations and keep us rooted in our traditions of creativity. Whenever imagination inspires us to build and to make, we can move forward with passion and energy to create beautiful, magnificent things.
Experiencing art that was made by a person who has attained a mastership of their craft can be otherworldly and awe inspiring. When we consider examples of such, the first things that come to mind might be wildly colorful paintings, greatly detailed drawings, or very interesting sculptures that are textured, shaped and variegated to express what it means to be a human being. Many also might think of artists such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Rembrandt, or Monet immediately, but long before any of these great artists ever put brush to canvas, people were seeking knowledge of their place in the universe by exploring the mind within the context of art.
The ancients certainly had an eye for grandiose creative accomplishments, and were arguably much more innovative than we are today. Just considering architectural feats such as the great Pyramids and the Sphinx, the Acropolis of Greece, the Roman Colosseum, or the Sistine Chapel, one can only imagine the incredible amount of planning, ingenuity, and human labor that went into these incredible art pieces. The most impressive part of ancient Chinese, Greek, Roman, and Middle Eastern art is the fact that those who created it possessed the most rudimentary tools. However, they were committed enough to communicating their thoughts and emotions through art that they sometimes spent many years perfecting their creations.
One important thing that us moderns haven’t lost is our ability to connect to the energy and emotional power that is forever emanating and reverberating through the centuries of human creativity. Though most of us spend a lot more time in front of televisions and computer screens than we do using our own hands to mold, shape, and create interesting things, we still possess the innate ability to relate to our ancestral emotive inheritance. The energy of raw human emotion and experience is always there, pulsating and vibrating in each piece of art that has ever been made.
Although today, we often say that we value the arts and human creativity, at the same time, we don’t really invest much into these endeavors personally, especially when it comes to education. The energy that we put into learning has become primarily focused on increasing the potential for acquiring possessions and creating wealth. We’re all probably quite familiar with the cultural stereotype of the “starving artist,” and those of us who have ever dreamed of making a living through following an artistic passion have most likely been warned about living this way. In many ways it seems there is simply no real thought given to the possibility of being creative, following dreams, and making a living simultaneously.
Fortunately, the world is continuously changing, as it always does. They say the only constant is change, and that is certainly no exception in today’s society. We’re now living in the Information Age, and if there is anything in life that is constantly changing, it is information. We’re also coming to a point in our knowledge of science, art, and technology where many things are merging and intersecting. Former methods of compartmentalized thinking are no longer working, and we’re having to make room for methods of integrated thinking. We’re finding that interdisciplinary studies in areas such as neurophilosophy can not only help us gain new insights, but can also encourage creativity and innovation. In this way, the arts are finding ways to reintegrate into our educational methods and ways of thinking.
We’re reaching a point in human history where we must bring together that which is ancient and new. Art is the one thing that can both remain constant and rooted, while also changing continuously and always transforming our minds and the world around us. The concepts and symbols expressed in artworks help us to stay in touch with our primal roots, while also further developing our minds and moving us forward. The archetypal imagery subconsciously imprinted within our works of art are expressions of ancient ideals and recognizable patterns that have shaped our evolution and enlightened our collective unconscious. It could be said that we are a sort of art imitating art, imitating life.
Through art and innovation, we shape the world around us and are also transformed by it as well. Our most basic human needs are expressed and symbolized through colors, patterns, and images that tell the ancient story of humankind while also sharing our individual feelings and emotions within a certain time and place. Creativity is so much more than making something nice to look at, and whether we realize it or not, it is essential to our humanity.