“Is art a product of imagination or experience?”
Now, the common sense answer, of course, would be both. But the twist is to only choose one and to back it up with reasonable explanations. I think choosing imagination has been properly justified by my paper, doesn’t it?
Without imagination, art would be a soulless, dull piece of work. I am choosing imagination as the source of art. For me, imagination is the sweet release of many people when they are sucked into the routines and grinds of daily lives. To take away imagination from a person’s life is like taking away a very precious organ from the human body. Let me explain why in two ways.
First: The reason art can’t depend on experience as its main source. – There are young artists being recognised everywhere, be it in music or literature industry or any form of arts, young people are being acknowledge as artists. Where do they get their inspiration to create their artworks? Surely, not from experience. They are too young to have experienced everything, but they still produce work that could encompass a whole array of emotions, events and adventures. How about fantasy and sci-fi authors and artists? I, for one, believe that they get their inspiration about unicorns, aliens and mystical beasts from their imaginations. They couldn’t have really experienced going to a magical school and learning magic to become a witch or a wizard right?
Second: Imagination is a free world. – When creating artworks, I believe artists open their minds and dip into the unknown and the unfamiliar. It is only the imagination that could do this. It is rare to discover new and extraordinary things in the continuous humdrum of daily lives, so people often stay within their comfort zones and do what they KNOW how to do almost all their lives. No one dares to go out for the fear of failure and when the fear of losing the chance to go back to their comfort zone looms over them. In imagined worlds, you can do everything. You can have everything. You can create the perfect stories and construct the impeccable artworks that would express what you can never express using mundane real world concepts. You can fascinate the audience with captivating impressions of your mind-blowing imagination.
Thanks for reading,
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