IDEAS ON ART AND THE ARTIST

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IDEAS ON ART AND THE ARTIST

Art directly influences our senses in different ways and nourishes our hearts, but there are some key words, sentences to describe this kind of works of art.

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By Nevin Ulusoy

James Joyce, a great artist himself, gave a lot of thought on art and the artist, some of which we can see in his wonderful novel “A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man”. After so many years, we see that his tremendous ideas are lights on the rugged ways of art for the artist. However great the obstacles are on finding the way to fulfillment of artistic passion, his torch is there to brighten the minds and hearts of who burn like a true artist. He was at the very beginning of his artistic career when he diccussed them, nobody to show him the way, on the contrary “nets flung at” his soul “to hold it back from flight.”

The artist, as he starts pouring his artistic work, should have a clear idea of what art is and what kind of feelings it arises. Art directly influences our senses in different ways and nourishes our hearts, but there are some key words, sentences to describe this kind of works of art. Joyce argues in the above- mentioned novel what kinds of emotion we have when we are confronted with true art and the opposite:

Raindrops fall as he pours out his heart, his mind, now knowing his way. The artist, following his way of things, daily bustles no more disturbing him, a bright dawn before him through his struggles. Yes, there will definitely be more trials, but who cares when your heart is in peace? “On, and on and on…” Through the waves of making of art, for the sake of art and the artist.

-“The feelings excited by improper art are kinetic, desire or loathing. Desire urges us to possess, to go to something; loathing urges us to abandon, to go from something. The arts which excite them, pornographical or didactic, are therefore improper arts. The esthetic emotion… is therefore static. The mind is arrested and raised above desire and loathing.”

He goes on by explaining what beauty is and concludes with the definition of art:

-“To speak of these things and to try to understand their nature and, having understood it, to try slowly and humbly and constantly to express, to press out again, from the gross earth or what it brings forth, from sound and shape and colour which are the prison gates of our soul, an image of the beauty we have come to understand-that is art.”

-“Art,… is the human disposition of sensible or intelligible matter for an esthetic end.”

One flies as his/her mind is full of wonderful images of art, beauty, truth discussed in the most haunting ways. What about the artist? His/her soul in flames with the sense of making new things, restless all the time with the struggles of expression. Who is the artist, then? Stating that literature is “the highest and most spiritual art”, Joyce informs us about the artist and the artist’s relation with the work of art:

-“The personality of the artist, at first a cry or a cadence or a mood and then a fluid and lambent narrative, finally refines itself out of existence, impersonalizes itself, so to speak. The estetic image in the dramatic form is life purified in and reprojected from the human imagination. The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.”

Raindrops fall as he pours out his heart, his mind, now knowing his way. The artist, following his way of things, daily bustles no more disturbing him, a bright dawn before him through his struggles. Yes, there will definitely be more trials, but who cares when your heart is in peace? “On, and on and on…” Through the waves of making of art, for the sake of art and the artist.

3 thoughts on “IDEAS ON ART AND THE ARTIST”

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