In sixth grade, my teacher would assign these unfinished sentences as creative writing prompts. Each student had to finish the sentence after recess then elaborate on their thoughts. We'd spend twenty to thirty minutes writing paragraphs then choose if we'd like to share with the whole class or not.
Today, as young adults, we still continue to do the same thing, except we give ourselves these prompts. We decide which prompts we are going to actively answer and how we are going to answer them. We decide which artistic medium we are going to use to elaborate ourselves--film, photography, writing, music, acting, performance, painting. We pour our time, energy, and selves into these projects for seemingly little reward, only to share a bit of ourselves to those who may care. However, it isn't so cut and dry. We pursue these creative passions to express our feelings and thoughts and that's just the beginning.
Art brings people together, even as adults. It's teamwork, whether that is before the inner workings begin, during the creation process, or after a piece has been made to be shared. More often than not, it is meant to be talked about and digested by individuals. Art is not dead.
We have creative outlets to seek fulfillment within ourselves, something that no one else can give us. That doesn't mean that other people cannot help along the way though. People can drive us to make art. Though their words. Through their actions. Through their support.
As I get to know my "artist friends" better, I come to realize that many of them don't see art as a team process. They say, "This is my piece, and I'd love some help if you have the time" or "I feel guilty when other people help me because I'm taking their time." People make fun of the common sentence, "Wow, this piece just really speaks to me. " It may sound demeaning to some, but it had to have come from somewhere.
Art is meant to be shared with a community. Not only does it help the initiator seek peace, but it can help each person who interacts with it. More often than not, a piece doesn't only belong to the person leading a project. It becomes everyone's who comes in contact with it, figuratively of course. People develop emotional connections to beautiful things. It's in the interpretation process of the creative language. As artists and people, we share our human vulnerabilities to also (intentionally and unintentionally) find ourselves. And that helps them get through the rough journey of life.
Art is a necessary part of life as creative beings and as a community.
My thoughts, writings, and experiments. Big or small. They're here.