ART AND EVOLUTION

How Our Animal Origins Made Us Creative

This is an enquiry into what makes an artist create a work of art. I will look to three considerations: (1) Art is an aesthetic judgement of beauty portrayed through a display of skilled learned techniques that result in works of cultural value; this, to me, seems shallow reasoning and I will class it as a surface level of artistic activity. (2) Art is a social response that connects us in spirit and soul to some kind of ethereal nature of existence; I regard this as a concept that draws us away from the harsh rawness of reality through the creation of mythical images, faith in gods, belief in fairies or aliens, and so on. (3) Art is a biological response that suppresses an older inherent way of sensing the world; this third option is, in my opinion, the most realistic idea of what art is about.

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