Recently at the Seasons of the Sugar River art reception, I spoke with a teen-aged woman who admired my and others’ art. She proclaimed “I want to hug the art”.
She was expressing her joy about the art that she found most moving. And her gratitude that such art was available for her to experience, that it could even be created.
With this language, she changes the art into an entity that can hold and touch, having an emotional connection so strong that it was projected into physicality. Art was transformed from an object into a being.
It was astonishing to see someone so moved by art. And yet it probably shouldn’t be so unusual. Indeed that is the purpose of most art: to move, to uplift, to connect with the viewer.
The moment was gratifying and also inspiring. It made me think that I need to make more art like that. That should be the goal of art. Not to just be admired but to fuse with the viewer so that they want to be one with the art. To aspire to make the viewer’s head spin – to be a love at first sight moment.
When someone buys art from me, they often say “this piece just speaks to me” or “It really touched me.” Which are both descriptions of art having human senses.
Of course not all art will do that for you. Everyone has different things that “speak” to them. But you should be looking for art that makes you go “wow!”, images that you cannot live without.
When you purchase art that is true for you, you are acquiring a companion. Art is in some ways like a pet. A loyal dog who is always there for you, who is ready to lift you up when you are down. Art will always be there when you get home. It will never let you down. And it won’t bark at passing cars.
Be like that enthusiastic woman who was open to her feelings.
Pick art to be your soulmate. Pick art that you want to hug.