“All art is an argument against something.”
This statement immediately reminded me of the Renaissance, Reformation, and Baroque art. Michaelanglo, da Vinci, and Raphael fought the conformity that the average person would succumb to by promoting individualism. Fifteenth and sixteenth century artwork expressed individualism through the differentiation in facial features and expressions.
Art lives pass lifetimes, generations, and centuries. Not only does the physical work still exist, but the symbolism behind every brush stroke and word inspires more than the creator could have imagined. More so, art has the power to begin movements and rally spirits.
Starting in 1990, Banksy began his argument. He addresses current events and problems through intricate stencils in public and private places. I don’t view his art as vandalism although that is what the world chooses to call his work. Vandalism is the malicious destruction of artistic/literary art or property. Banky is creating art and, in my opinion, the property he is spray painting is more visually appealing because of his work.
In her autobiography, Confessions of a Sociopath, M. E. Thomas writes about the blog she began as a way to learn more about her fellow sociopaths. Since sharing your blog only with people who have the same psychological disorders as you isn’t possibly yet, her controversial blog was public. Sociopaths wrote about experiences and revelations, while empaths flooded the comment boards with disgust and reprimands. I’m not sure if I’m a sociopath but I am sure that I want to make waves as she did.
Maybe the true test of art is the amount of controversy you can conjure. The more a piece is talked about, the longer it can thrive to influence more people. Art can be admired, analyzed, and interpreted in more ways than anyone can imagine because everyone has a different perspective. I aspire to strike arguments that impact the thoughts and opinions of multitudes of people.