Art•ivist: Art Shapes Life

‘A true artist is not one who is inspired but one who inspires others.’ ~ Salvador Dalí ~

Art is the most powerful form of self-expression, it can also be used as a tool to impact millions of people and our communities in the most profound and beautiful way.

Artists use their art to raise awareness of issues in the community and to raise money for local causes, they also make an impact by sharing their stories through their work, which can encourage other people to speak up about what they’re going through. I’m sure all of us have had that magical feeling of fully relating to or being drawn to a piece of artwork whether it be a song, a dance, a film, a painting, or a poem. If it resonates and comes across as relatable in any way shape or form then you as the absorber of the artwork feel seen and less alone in the world.

The ways in which artists use their art to make a positive difference in the world is wide-ranging and diverse. Good artists are full of curiosity for the world around them and are always seeking to find connections to seemingly unrelated things.

Artists make you think, but with your heart not your brain. They enable you to get out of your head and into your heart and feel the emotions that are coming up when witnessing their masterpieces. It helps you to be a better listener and at the same time, it can help you find your voice and give you the nudge to speak up about what you believe in, find beautiful or uncomfortable. It benefits you both physically and psychologically by being a form of expression and release where instances like depression, stress and anxiety are instantly relieved.

Most importantly at the end of the day, an artist's biggest intention is to make you feel. Feel and explore every emotion a human being can possibly feel, the good the bad the ugly the joyful with the hopes of making a change in the world or perhaps with even just one person.

‘The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.’ ~Jerzy Kosinski ~