Art is an inspiration. Art is creativity. Art is magic. These make up the fragments that we call “clichés”. But, I have a slightly different perspective on this matter. A quote I found interesting was “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”- Thomas Merton.
Sounds incredibly hackneyed now doesn’t it? Well, I also saw quotes like this one “The ‘earth’ without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’”. This blatantly proves the fact that art is shown in so many ways! Whether it is horribly clichéd or witty, art exists all around us.
Now, returning to the initial quote. “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”- Thomas Merton. Ponder that. This is one of those quotes that makes you stop and think for a second, and makes you compare it to your own life! The first time I read this quote, I was palpably shocked at how much this applied to my life. I usually smirk at cheesy or stereotypical quotes, but I feel that this one was different. It allowed me to consider where this could be applied to my own life. It forged the connection that I had so far, had been unable to make with these numerous clichés.
Dance is my art, dance, I have realized is my source of inspiration where I display my creativity and where I feel that clichéd magic. So when I heard this quote, the initial thought that entered my head was “This quote describes my life!” Many quotes that we call clichés are only words that we say have a captivating paradoxical nature. But then again, aren’t our lives all in some way or the other, paradoxes of some form?
Well, to sum this up, I may not only have discussed art, as this is an art blog, but also hackneyed clichés! That may not have been my initial purpose but I think it led me to a good point to end up on. Here is my lesson for today: Don’t take a quote lightly or smirk and let it pass just because it is a passé. Quotes are the art of language, and I appreciate them as much as I appreciate dance, or music.
The key in this matter applies not only to this scenario, but to the concept as a whole. Art is the key. It is essential to give art the appreciation and time it deserves. Here is my opinion: Dance is as much of an art as clichéd quotes. So think about this. Is it fair to simply dismiss clichés, or even art, with nothing but a cursory glance?