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Bridget Watson Payne

How Art Can Make You Happy

Irina Kuznetsovahas quotedlast year
Which is not to say that all art looks like the world, or even that all art is inspired by physical reality. Of course it doesn’t and isn’t. And we’ll get to all of that in just a moment. Nor is any of this to say that art is a utility. Feeling glum? Throw the art switch! No. That’s not how it works. One of the greatest properties of art is that it’s not for anything. It’s not there to make you feel better. Indeed, it may unsettle you, make you feel worse. But it will almost always make you feel (even if what you feel is that this particular art is not for you). And, if you let it, it will almost always make you see. And seeing is what it’s all about
Irina Kuznetsovahas quotedlast year
“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”
–ANDY WARHOL
Irina Kuznetsovahas quotedlast year
Yes, art is magical. Studies show that looking at art stimulates, among other things, the motor cortex, the part of your brain that controls your body’s movements. When you look at art you don’t just see it with your eyes or feel it with your brain, you also feel it with your whole body. Quite literally: Every fiber of your being—your senses, your intellect, your emotions, even your physical corpus—responds to works of art. So that right there is pretty much the first magical property of art. It zings through you like a bolt of lightning.
Ekaterina Tupovahas quoted2 months ago
We’re all limited. Terribly, unavoidably limited. We are limited by the time and place and society we were born into—limited by race and class and gender assumptions, limited by privilege, limited by lack of privilege, limited by things we were taught as children, limited by language, limited by the range of light our human eyeballs can sense, limited by a million things we can do relatively little—if indeed anything—to alter. So, yeah, limited to an almost tragic degree. Each and every one of us, every single day.
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