Is everything art?

“I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.”

– Helena Bonham Carter 

I have always been fascinated with this idea that everything in one’s life can be art.  From the way you carry yourself, to the way you treat others.  There is an unspoken artistic manner behind it all. 

At the highest level of any profession, one finds artistry.  They see beyond the numbers and the analytics.  Programmers call it “plugged in.”  Athletes refer to it as “in the zone.” No matter what one names it, no one can deny it. 

It is where unsolvable questions are answered and seemingly different topics become intertwined.  Most of all, it’s where you feel comfortable enough to express your most unique thoughts and ideas. 

This level of “flow state” needs no introduction.  It is the state that when one enters, they feel powerful and unstoppable.  All professionals crave to work in this state, not only because of the quality of work, but the sense of fulfillment from the infamous, self. 

Innately, I believe we crave the opportunities to express ourselves with our thoughts and actions.  Think of your body language, movement, or even dancing.  What type of communication does it give off?  Those moments that we feel most happy and content, are usually the moments that we are at ease.  Things are natural and life makes sense for a fleeting moment.

We are reminded of this connection with artistry through music, poetry, and movies.  These art pieces ignite an idea and/or an emotion on the inside that makes you believe the world can be a better place after all.  We all feel it from time to time.  They call it inspiration.

Here is the elephant in the room :  does your work inspire you?  What kind of meaning can you give it?

If any

What if that is how we chose to look at our own lives?  As an all encompassing piece of art that highlights your brightest moments and your darkest hours. 

 

What kind of story would that painting tell?

What style will you (the artist) be remembered for?

What ultimately is….your art?

 

Tell me in the comment section below.