Art As A Mirror On The Consciousness

1997 words - 8 pages

Have you ever thought about art being very much a journey, comparable to a long awaited vacation? Art allows oneself to step outside the cares of everyday life, relax and be immersed in the colors and motion of living. Art can put experience into the moment and on the level of basic senses, in other such words, it relaxes many. After hanging a copy of a Ferdinand Victor Eugene Declacroix (1799-1863), French romantic painter on my wall I found myself gazing at it endlessly, and then exclaiming, "I do not know what there is in that painting, but I cannot take my eyes off it." This kind of bewilderment is salutary. It does the viewer good not to be able to explain either to the viewer's self or to others, what the viewer enjoys or loves; it expands people's capacity for experience. Although, it can be said that the majority of all art reflects the actions, emotions and, even the unknown of the consciences of society it depicts through metaphors. Art, but paintings mostly helps society listen to it carefully. Paintings are the mirror of a society while art is, and will always be, a reflection of the societal norms and preoccupations from which it springs.Every civilization and every tradition of culture seem to possess capacities for self-cure and self-correction that go into operation automatically, unbidden. It may be generally said that a painting brings into visual reality, or defines, a given emotional state within a culture or society. This is not a modern thought, but can be seen in some of the oldest existing paintings known. As long ago as 30,000 years, humans created images of their surroundings. Although painted thousands of years ago, the images in caves, such as Lascaux of Chauvet, offer the same sorts of problems and questions that are applied to contemporary art. These earliest known paintings use line, color, and details to create a lively array of animals, yet they appear to be much more than the colorful remembering of a hunting past.The caves of Altamira, Lascaux, and Chauvet all have many chambers. The entrances are obscure and the caverns with the paintings are difficult to find. It is often necessary to crawl on hands and knees to enter the chambers. The question, then, is why were these paintings created on inaccessible walls? It has been suggested that they were part of a ritual experience - either as a literal rite of passage or as strategic as a hunt. On such an annual event in which the animal shapes were retraced on the wall to insure their continued life, and thus the life of the tribe. Although some think these images may have symbolic meanings, we have been able to determine that some of the depictions were very close to the physical animals themselves (Roberson).There is evidence that small stone lamps were used to light the chambers, and mortars ground color pigments in small stone pots. The artists must have spent hours, in the half lit space, not only drawing and scratching images into the walls, but through the...

Find Another Essay On Art as a Mirror on the consciousness

William Shakespeare's Othello as a Mirror of Man

2365 words - 9 pages Othello as a Mirror of Man       In the play Othello by William Shakespeare, the characters are symbolic of qualities found in every human. The main characters, Othello, Desdemona and Iago, are key examples of this. Othello is symbolic of jealousy and pride; Desdemona is symbolic of kindness and honesty and Iago is symbolic of deceit and selfishness. Shakespeare uses all of these traits to depict his characters in Othello and

Human Consciousness - A Portrait of the Brain

1743 words - 7 pages Human Consciousness A Portrait of the Brain Through Theories and Discussion A hemispherectomy is a surgical process in which the brain of a patient is halved and one of these parts is then removed. The procedure is only ever carried out on individuals who are very young, as their brains are still flexible, pliable enough that the remaining portion will then take on the functions of the half that had been removed. Though this process is

The Genocidal Killer in the Mirror” by Crispin Sartwell and Erich Fromm’s Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem

1586 words - 6 pages discusses the importance of group mentality upon morality, and how when subjects are viewed as a group, they can be demonized and easily passed off as subhuman. Though both Crispin Sartwell’s article “The Genocidal Killer in the Mirror” and Erich Fromm’ piece “Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem” are from two vastly different time periods, the Cold War era with its apocalyptic fears and the post- Cold War age of terrorism and insurgency

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest of Them All?

1938 words - 8 pages different perception of beauty. The evil queen from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was focusing on an impossible fixation. How is she to ever be the fairest of them all if perception changes with each person? She would never be able to satisfy everyone in all the land. The magic mirror said something along the lines of Snow White was the fairest because she had hair as black as coal, lips as red as a rose, and skin as white as snow. What

Mendelsohn as a Master-Craftsman in the Art of Instrumentation

1147 words - 5 pages Mendelsohn as a Master-Craftsman in the Art of Instrumentation Mendelsohn wrote the Hebrides overture in the summer of 1829 in response to seeing and walking in the Hebrides and in paticular visiting Fingal's Cave on an island in the outer Hebredies. Like Mozart before him, he was regarded as a child prodigy and composed several works before he was seventeen. Therefore when we consider the question posed, we must

Art As a Shared Experience

1449 words - 6 pages same way, Couse’s infatuation to the Taos Indian culture reflected on his meticulous crafting of the Indian portraits. In terms of art movements, Catlin seemed to paint in the style of the Romanticist as it validated powerful emotion as the basis of the aesthetic experience. Couse, as earlier mentioned, applied classic academic style with a slight touch of Impressionism because of his idolization for many Impressionist painters. Although

Essay on Art as a Reflection of Life in Death in Venice

1216 words - 5 pages Art as a Reflection of Life in Death in Venice     Death in Venice explores the relationship between an artist, namely Gustave von Aschenbach, and the world in which he lives. Aschenbach, destined to be an artist from a young age, represents art, while his surroundings represent life. As the story unfolds, Aschenbach endeavors on a journey in an attempt to relinquish his position in society as an artist. Aschenbach wants to experience

Rock Music as a performing Art

2538 words - 10 pages the phrase "rock and roll" to describe the rollicking R&B music that he brought to the airwaves. On March 21, 1952 in Cleveland, Freed (also known as Moondog) organized the first rock and roll concert, titled "The Moondog Coronation Ball".The audience and the performers were mixed in race and the evening ended after one song in a near-riot as thousands of fans tried to get into the sold-out venue. It is little wonder that in 1983, leaders of

Absence of Evidence, or Evidence of Absence; A paper on Animal Consciousness

2045 words - 8 pages wouldn’t be seen without a mirror. The animal is once again placed before a mirror, and when it wakes up, is observed to determine if it will touch the spot, showing that it recognizes the mirror image as a representation of itself. It was first developed to test when children first become self aware, and was later used on several animal species. Some of the species who have “passed” this test are the great apes, dolphins, and (surprisingly) the

The Writings on the Wall - Opinion essay: A paper on art crimes and its history - Graffiti.

917 words - 4 pages pieces of art forms. It will take some time for people to understand what comes behind graffiti. Though these are not just drawings from adolescents who want to vandalize the neighborhood, they are a work of art that tells a tale of their life. Just as the ancient Egyptian's hieroglyphics are preserved for our enjoyment now, graffiti will forever be on walls to be discovered in the future. Graffiti will tell a part of the history of our world that

The themes of class and class consciousness as seen in the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

939 words - 4 pages used by Austin to accentuate the themes of class and class-consciousness, which exists in many people throughout various levels or classes of society. "I am happy on every occasion to offer those little delicate compliments...her daughter seemed to be born a duchess, and that the most elevated rank, instead of giving her consequence, would be adorned by her." (P.66) This quote, in which Mr. Collins is addressing the Bennets regarding Lady Catherine

Similar Essays

The Media As A Mirror Of The Asian American Women

1460 words - 6 pages ). Later on, the media began to give roles of the “dragon lady” to Asian American actresses. “China Doll,” another stereotypical stamp on Asian American women in the media, is “subservient, compliant and eager to please” ( In 1840, the term “China Doll” referred to the glazed porcelain dolls that Germany made for kids to play with ( The American media began using the Chinese dolls as a character of the Asian

Consciousness As A State Of Mind

643 words - 3 pages If psychologists were to just study consciousness as a whole, it would seem similar to simply studying a pizza on the whole. Where a pizza can have many different arrangements of toppings and sizes, consciousness can have many different states as well. Baron defines states of consciousness as, "[The] varying levels of awareness of ourselves, our behavior, and the world around us" (130). Psychologists study 'states of consciousness' instead of

Essay On Art In A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man

1578 words - 6 pages a complete rejection of everything his society represents. Dedalus (thus also Joyce) has a split vision. His view of art is Romantic, but his view of the role of the artist is Realistic. The Romantic View of Art The Platonic-Romantic aspect of Dedalus' esthetic philosophy is apparent in his reference to Plato, whose idea of beauty and truth as translated by Dedalus, sounds much like the famous last lines of Keats's "Ode on a Grecian

The Effects Of Marijuana On Consciousness

2166 words - 9 pages to experience familiar situations in a totally new perspective. This not only gives the individual a chance to learn but it also gives the individual a chance to grow as a person, allowing him/her the ability to control their environment and enjoy it to its fullest capacity. So is marijuana an altered state of consciousness? Indeed it is. Everybody is different, and it’s completely in the hands of the beholder on what the individual wants to experience.