I consider art a broad spectrum. So many things can be considered art such as music, painting, sketches, dancing, and writing. What about fashion though? I think fashion fits all of the elements of art. We’re talking about dealing with colors, patterns, styles, and textures. You mix the right colors, patterns, styles, and textures you come out with a stunning outfit. Also, like the other traditional art forms fashion is a form of expression. Who doesn’t express themselves through the style of clothes they wear? Often times I have dressed to fit my mood. Sometimes I may feel like a hipster so I throw my little beanie on. Sometimes I may feel a little afrocentric so I let my fro loose and wear some big hoop earrings. It’s all about how the clothes make you feel and how you want to express yourself. Also, much like art fashion can make a statement whether it be political or social. Think about the #BlackLivesMatter shirts or even shirts that promote your favorite band. Fashion is all worth it because it’s your own form of expression.
My emphatic answer is YES! For me art and politics go hand in hand. Art is a platform in which politics can stand and be understood. In an earlier post I wrote about the rise and fall of my beloved Eminem after is freestyle about Trump at the BET Awards. Em is still getting backlash from that. People are saging that Eminem needs to stay out of politics and stick with music and these comments are not just said about Eminem but also about other celebrities who decide to use their voice and status to bring light to certain issues that otherwise wouldn’t be heard. People who make these commenta are quite frankly ignorant. For one, Trump isn’t the first president that Em went ham on. Does no one remember his deliberate attack against former president George W. Bush in his song “Mosh”? In my opinion music has always been political. I can think of many artists/musicians who have written songs with a political message. I think of rap groups like N.W.A and Public Enemy and artists like Pink and there are so many others. I just don’t understand people who think that celebrities shouldn’t use their platform that they have to make a difference. I believe any form of art can be political you just have to know how to use your voice.
Hi, all! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve contributed something to my blog. I wanted to write something today. As you know I’m a creative person. I love anything having to do with the arts (obviously….) But anywho I’m one of those people who’s never satisfied with doing one thing and sticking with it. I have so many things that I want to learn and do! I mean the world is so big and you’ll never learn everything that the world has to offer, but I always get excited about the possibilities. Like right now there are so many instruments that I would love to have and learn to play. Right now I want to learn how to play the guitar and the violin. I also want to get back into the tenor sax. I played that for 8th grade jazz band and haven’t played it since but I would love to pick that back up. I already have a clarinet but honestly I would love to get a newer one. The one I have I’ve had it since the 6th grade, so it’s time for an upgrade but not just instruments…I would love to learn photography but quickly realized that photography equipment can be expensive but someday I will get that equipment. I downloaded a bunch of photography books on my Kindle. I think I just get excited about new ways to express myself. Art is such a wonderful way to express myself. I already do that with writing, but I want to broaden my scope and dabble in so much more. Interestingly, though, they actually have a name for people like me. It’s called being a scanner, and it’s an interesting concept. Below I’ve attached an article that explains it in more detail.
I’m what some people might call a scanner and I’m also an INFP based off of my Myers-Briggs personality test. A scanner essentially is someone that’s always finding new hobbies to get involved in and usually can’t stick to one thing. That’s me! And INFPs are usually drawn to craetivity. I feel like I’m always looking for artistic ways to express myself. I mean art really holds a special place in my heart and I tend to move from one thing to another. Some may find that inconsistent or a bad habit because I never finish anything I start, and I admit sometimes I even feel bad for this personality trait but you know what? I shouldn’t. It just means I’m willing to try new things and I get easily excited and want to try EVERYTHING! Recently, I’ve been wanting to teach myself how to play the guitar. I also want to get into photography and making jewelry. I feel like I’m always looking for new artistic ways to express myself, to explore all of my potential. Who knows? I might turn out to be an amazing photographer. It’s just something that I’ve never tried. The only reason I haven’t started with some of these hobbies is because of a lack of funds. I’ve found that photography can be quite expensive and I also have to buy a guitar, so once I get my funds that’ll be something new for me to do. I’m really excited! Art is the beauty of life.
In my last blog post I mentioned how music is supposed to be a platform for important issues, but now I want to go more in depth with that thought. More than just music I believe all art forms can be used to highlight important social and political issues. I instantly think of art such as the well-known advertisement of Rosie the Riveter that was all the rage in World War II. That art was a representation of the women during WWII who had to work in the factories and take other “man” jobs because all of the men were away from home in the military. Rosie the Riveter is frequently used as a symbol of feminism. today Don’t get me wrong. All music doesn’t have to have deep thought, but the music today has become so ridiculous that a lot of today’s artists have forgotten the art of music. Art also doesn’t just have to deal with social and political issues but it can also be a platform for personal issues. We know a lot of artists who go through breakups and create amazing songs out of that heartbreak. I’m looking at you Adele and people can relate to that. I think that an artist that is relatable is important, but not only with music. I could say the same about any art form such as writing, visual art, dance, and so forth. All art has the power to incite change and I think artists have a duty to their audiences to make something worth listening to. The same thing goes for my writing. I try to use my writing as a platform to discuss how I’m feeling. Below I have attached three different types of art with a message…Rosie the Riveter, Alessia Cara’s song and video “Scars to Your Beautiful,” and a link to my poem “Black and Blue,” which is a poem that I wrote about domestic violence. Art takes many forms.
Personally, I think today’s music leaves something to be desired especially when it comes hip-hop. I mean you have all kinds of people making it into the industry who have no talent. They look crazy and have even crazier names. I was watching the MTV Video Music Awards the other night and my little sister had to tell me who some of those people were. I mean who is Lil Uzi Vert? But I digress. In today’s music (even though I feel majority of it has gone to the dogs) an artist comes along that makes you sit up and take notice. Starting today it was Alessia Cara. On the awards show she performed her song “Scars to Your Beautiful,” which is an absolutely beautiful, inspiring song about accepting your beauty….scars and all. Not only are her songs beautiful but she radiates a natural beauty inside and out. No makeup and no fancy clothes for this girl. All of her songs have such a great authentic message. You can see that she’s a sweet, beautiful, and humble girl. She just looks down-to-earth. Alessia Cara is a diamond among the roughness that is the music industry where everyone is trying to be so glamorous and flash everything they got. She is definitely a breath of fresh air. I feel like music is meant to be a platform to shine light on issues that plague society and Alessia Cara does an amazing job of doing that. She shines a light on self-image issues and she’s also featured in a song with two other artists, Logic and Khalid. They’re also two up and coming artists. The song title is actually the number of the suicide prevention hotline and that’s what music is supposed to be about. Music, for me at least, has always been about connecting with people and making people feel less alone. It’s much like how I feel about my writing. Music has such a presence in this society and Alessia Cara is doing it right.