What Is Art?

In college I read in a book (sorry for not remembering which book…) that “Art is a language”. That unlocked a ton for me when thinking about writing or creating.

Yesterday I heard this quote, which was attributed to Leo Tolstoy but I couldn’t find it online anywhere to confirm. Nonetheless:

Art is the transfer of emotion from one soul to another

Possibly Leo Tolstoy

I love this, as it goes along with the idea that art is a language. Art has the ability of communicating things that words and other languages can’t. And this idea of transferring emotion requires us, the creators, to think about what it is we’re trying to communicate.

What emotion are you trying to transfer?

(If you’re interested, a few years back I made a series of videos called ARTis_ about this very topic.)

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