Art and Science

artscienceI’ve always thought of myself as someone who was an art person. I’ve always considered myself an artistic person since I love creative writing. I would always make the choice of effortlessly typing my thoughts rather than memorizing a thousand Embryology terms for my free time. If I was to compare the two, I would always choose art. I’d say science is too hard, even if I’m a science student. Even if I dream of becoming a doctor someday, I’d still choose art any time of the day.

Well, that was before. Today is different. I’m taking this humanities art class at the University and my professor just asked me to describe what is art to me. My mind drew a complete blank. I discovered I knew nothing about art. I can’t draw, paint or design anything to save my life. I knew it was about expressing your thoughts and feelings and….is that it? Art is foreign to me. It’s like a language I knew about but never learned to understand.

So I regressed back to my science roots. This is my zone. I knew all about the different aspects of science, especially psychology and biology. I could explain the mechanism of the basic human functions in a heartbeat. I could tell you in a minute why that thing you’re about to eat is definitely good or not good for you. I could say why you’re feeling that way about a certain somehow and how it could have come from your mind and is now somatically affecting your physiological being. I learned how science has smeared itself on me.  I realized science was my foothold. It is hard. But it is something evident and I can understand.

Maybe, I could still combine art and science. I mean, the only thing that’s keeping me from going crazy from all the scientific terms I have to study is that I could still write my thoughts down on the back of my notebook. The only thing that helps me plan and think is my paper and pen. But don’t get me wrong. That’s the only artistic bone I have in me. I can’t draw ever since I was 5. My drawing/painting skills have stopped improving ever since kindergarten. If my professor asks us to draw something and finds a 5-year-old drawing in there, that’s probably mine.

Thanks for reading!

Patricia :*

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The Rainbow in our Lacklustre Routines

12353883-human-imagination-and-creative-man-as-the-intelligent-brain-with-a-front-facing-human-head-that-hasMy art professor asked us to make a one-page paper on

“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?

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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.

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You are standing in a open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a mailbox here. (Did you just picture that? – Imagination 😉 )

Thanks for reading,

Patricia :*