Lifetimes: An Art Reflection

Iman’s Space

March 16, 2020

I shall confess. I have tried it all. I have made pathetic attempts at painting and drawing. I have explored my nonexistent musical talents. I have hit rock bottom multiple times in the sport’s field. I have tormented my loved ones by forcing them to watch my living room standup comedy performances. I have tried putting my dramatic flair to use with acting, and let’s not forget the brief stint at modelling. I would consider these flirtations as nothing more than halfhearted flings. My true love dwelled in my mind, traveled through my fingers and made its way onto endless sheets of paper. This love affair began in my childhood, manifesting itself as comic books dedicated to my cat, as well as the occasional short story. As I aged, my love affair aged with me, mutating into a power I wasn’t aware I was in possession of. Reflecting on my journey through writing has made me think of other forms of art in a new light. 

How important is art? In my opinion, it’s the key element to human survival.

In 1888, Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh painted Starry Night; a painting depicting the view from his asylum room at Saint-Remy-de-Provence. This event inspired a singer by the name of Don McLean to write a song called Vincent, also known as Starry, Starry Night. Don McLean’s song went on to be covered by almost 50 musicians.

taken from google images

When Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s mother died, she was sent to the convent of Aubazine, along with her sisters. This would be her stepping stone towards learning how to sew, as well as her fountain of inspiration for the little black dress. Yes, you guessed it. The nuns inspired the little black dress; a staple item in every woman’s closet. Years after Coco Channel’s death, her mark stands firm within the soil of the fashion industry. 

taken from google images

Literary cliffhangers were made popular by Charles Dickens back in the 1840s. Cliffhangers would soon become an essential part of Victorian serials by the 1860s. This idea gained more momentum when a great writer called Thomas Hardy wrote a novel titled A Pair of Blue Eyes. The novel was published in monthly installments in Tinsley’s Magazine between September 1872 and July 1873. In the serialized version of A Pair of Blue Eyes, Thomas Hardy left one of his main characters hanging off of a cliff.

taken from google images

These are merely a few examples of the ripple effect that art can generate for lifetimes. As a species, would humans ever have the inspiration to create in absence of creation? 

Lifetimes are wear and tear, but art is durable.

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