ART FOR EVERYONE
Creating art can be about more than just producing something you find aesthetically pleasing. It can also be about the process of creating art, which includes the mental and physical space that art creation can offer. Andrea Elena is interested in fostering a sense of community through art, where artists can feel connected to each other as they create. There is strong evidence that face-to-face interactions with people contributes to good health, and as such, opportunities to create a sense of community are quite valuable. When we let go of what we think art ought to be in the traditional sense, we open ourselves to what art can be in an exploratory sense. It can be a meditative and reflective space.
ART AS FLOW SPACE
I thought art was a verb,
not a noun
- Yoko Ono
The process of creating art can be very therapeutic. For many, creating art allows them to enter into a state of flow. Flow is a psychological space where the mind is focused on a creative task, and is able to transcend from the immediate reality, and the confines of time. This state of flow is nourishing to the self, as it allows us to let go of our thoughts and enter an engaged yet meditative realm.
ART AS CONNECTION
If we don’t interact regularly with people face-to-face, the odds are we won’t live as long, remember information as well, or be as happy as we could have been.
-Susan Pinker, The Village Effect
The process of making art can also be an opportunity for creative-commensality. A time in which we can share the experience of art making with others, and benefit from the intrinsic and visceral presence of a sense of community around us. Joining people, face-to-face, at a table has real value for our well-being. However small a part of your life this might be, enjoying art with others gathered for the same purpose will be powerful.
ART AS THERAPY
Art can put us in touch with concentrated doses of our missing dispositions, and thereby restore a measure of equilibrium to our listing inner selves
- Alain de Botton, Art as Therapy
Making art is also about making meaning for ourselves, both through creating the art and also through beholding it. Benefitting from art is not necessarily exclusive to one of these realms or the other - that is, to either making art or consuming it. Environments that allow both are therefore filled with potential for us to examine our inner selves further, learn, and grow.