Why is art a good way to explain something to a group of people who don't speak the same language

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Why is art a good way to explain something to a group of people who don't speak the same language?

Have you ever looked at a popular piece of art, and puzzled over why people are willing to spend money on it? Or wonder why certain piece of your own art attract buyers more than others?

The answer may actually lie on the purpose of art itself, because ultimately, art is a form of expression. When you create a work of art , you are starting a conversation you invite others to join the conversation as soon as you share that work, even if it's just hanging in your home or sitting on a easel where someone else can see it.

And like any form of communication, some people understand and express art with ease , while others find it confusing or intimidating.

Think of this way......the world is full of language, and among those language are dialect and cultural Influence that affect all level of communication. Even when people are speaking their native language, misunderstanding happens every day.

Now pictures all of the different artist In the world, with different backgrounds, using an incredible variety of subject, medium, and techniques. When artist from these different art culture interact with each other, they have the common ground of "art speak" which is, in a sense, a similar language. And even then, there are bound to be some issues as they try to understand each other.

But as these artist bring their unique language to the viewing public, the gap in understanding widens even more. Sometimes the meaning is completely lost.

When I began painting regularly and posting online, I originally took the view that if people didn't get my part, it must be a failure on their part. I quickly realized that this would be equivalent of moving to a foreign country and refusing to pick up any of the language, and subsequently getting angry because no one understood what I was trying to say.

By viewing the whole process as a conversation, I discovered that if I was willing to learn from others, they would be more willing to learn from me. Not every conversation I have throughout the day is going to be clear and successful, and neither is every art interaction I have with a viewer. Different backgrounds and "languages" are going to always be a factor when I share my art, so it's up to me either learn from the experience or try to find someone who speaks my own language.

If you agree, then this brings us to the big question: what steps can an artist take when faced with the frustration of not being understood or appreciated?

In my opinion, artist who want to resonate more with the buying public should learn the buyers

" language" and adjust their art work accordingly. If your goal is simply to sell your art, this might be the best route for you . Look around. What is selling? Can you make art like that? Or take your most popular piece and create a lot more work that is similar to your fans will get more of what they want.

This is what I see a lot of big game artist without changing the art that you make , you may have a little more work ahead of you and it's going to be up to you to teach the public your unique"language".

Start with some basic communication skills. Look at your artwork, and find some things that a viewer who doesn't speak your language might still be able to identify with and enjoy. Does your art have brilliant colour? What is the subject, or the emotion that inspired the piece?.

Then look at your title . Can you change your title so that it let's the viewer in on the meaning of the work? This way you don't have to change how you make your art, you are just adjusting how you present it to others.

At most art event, I like to display a few straight forward piece to start conversation. Many people like boats, flowers, and animals, so I will bring some work featuring these recognizable subject to catch the eyes of patrons.

In the same way that greeting people in their native language make them feel at ease. Finding something recognizable in your art makes viewers feel more comfortable and welcome, even if your is abstract, you can hang pieces with dominant colours and clear title that shares your intention with the viewers , which Invites them to join the conversation.

If you are thinking, I should not have to explain my work or try to make it understandable to others, you are not alone. You may be perfectly fine with having only a select few people deeply know your work, and that's great if it meets your needs as an artist.

If you enjoy having a large group of people connect with your work, however the labour that you put into teaching someone to speak your language will certainly pay off.

Just taking the time to share a little bit of your language and learn the art language of others will be great reward by itself- the appreciation that comes and any sales that may follow are just icing on the cake.

Thank you.

Comments (16)

  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
    19 May 2021

    This is a really interesting discussion! And one that ties to our Final Piece project closely. Your classmates have written posts on the same subject. Instead of having many different posts, let's bring the discussion all here. You can tell your classmates to copy and paste their opinions on this same topic as comments underneath this post!

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  • global-conversation.png amusing_meaning | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    20 May 2021

    Answer to your question protective _ant.
    When artistic frustration sets in, our emotions about our work and ourselves can run unchecked. We must understand why we become so frustrated when things don't go our way so that we can overcome this feelings when it happens.
    You' are not what you create
    The first step in overcoming these feelings of frustration, no matter how heavy they may feel, is to recognize that you are not what you create.
    Take a break
    We shouldn't avoid frustration, because often it is a sign of growth. We sometimes feel frustration when we are on the cusp of discovering a new strength.
    Don't quite
    Sometimes we instinctively want to quit when that overwhelming feeling of frustration sets in. This is the easy route but definitely the wrong one to take. We create for a reason and we shouldn't deny the urge. The creation of art is not easy. There are many of bumps in the road but it doesn't mean that it's time to leave the path u must carry on.

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  • global-conversation.png champion_sheep | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    20 May 2021

    The world is full of languages and among those languages are dialects and cultural influences that affect all levels of communication. Even when people are speaking their own native languages, misunderstanding happen every day.
    Art has the ability to cross many boundaries, including those that exist in communication. In a children's classroom, for example, where many different nationalities are combined and different languages are spoken, art can break the barriers of communication. For example a student who has just arrived from Peru may not yet be able to verbally communicate with her English- speaking classmates, but she will be able to adequately express herself through drawings or dances. This way, the interaction not only allow the classmates to communicate but also introduce them to the feel of a different culture.
    Now picture of all the different artist in the world with different backgrounds, using an incredible variety of subject mediums and techniques when artist from these different art cultures interact with each other they have the common ground of "art speak" which is in a sense, a similar language.
    As a language of expression,art gives rise to many voices and opens many paths to work with knowledge. When properly applied,the art can play a vital role in stimulating creativity all while acting as a catalyst for learning, discovery and achievement.
    Thanks.

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  • global-conversation.png nice_yuzu | Usra Academy | Nigeria
    20 May 2021

    Art is a form of expression of language which comprises the various ways people communicate,speaks and interact by interpretation of the incoming messages received from the environment.Art is a form of human communication.It is a way by which people express themselves and put there creative skills and thinking of imagination to work in producing works of art for different purposes

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  • global-conversation.png assured_computer | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    20 May 2021

    Yes i agree with protection_ant we should do our art in the taste of our buyer.

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  • global-conversation.png efficient_nation | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    21 May 2021

    *WHY IS ART A GOOD WAY TO EXPLAIN SOMETHING TO A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T SPEAK THE SAME LANGUAGE*

    Some say that creation of art is(or involves) self expression; others say that it is the expression of feeling, though not necessarily of one's own feeling (or perhaps that and something more, such as the feeling of ok one's culture or of one's nation or of all humanity); others say that it is not necessarily limited to feelings but that ideas or thought can be expressed, as they clearly are in essays. But the distinctively expressionist view of artistic creation is the product of the romantic movement, according to which the expression of feelings constitutes the creation of art, just as philosophy and other disciplines are the expression of ideas. It is, at any rate the theory of art as the expression of feelings(which here shall be taken to include emotions and attitudes) that has been historically significant and developed: art as specially connected with the life of feeling.

    One view of emotional expression in art is that it is preceded by a peturbation or excitement from a vague cause about which the artist then proceeds to express feelings and ideas in words or paint or stone or the like, clarify them and achieving a release of tension.

    If your goal is to be understood as an artist without changing the art that you make, you may have a little more work ahead of you(and it's going to be up to you to teach the public your unique "language".)
    Dart with some basic communication skills. Look at your art work, and find some things that a viewer who doesn't speak your language might still be able to identify with and enjoy. Does you art have bright colour? What is the subject, or the emotion that inspired the piece?
    Then look at the tittle. Can you change your tittle so that it let's the viewer In on the meaning of the work? This way you don't have to change how you make your art, you're just adjusting how you present it to others.

    In conclusion, In my own opinion, now picture all of different artists in the world, with different backgrounds, using an incredible variety of subjects, mediums and techniques. When artist from these different art cultures, interact with each other, they have common ground of "art speak" which is in a sense, a similar language and even then, there are bound to be some issues, as they try to understand each other.
    But as thes artists bring their unique language, to the viewing public, the gap in understanding widens even more


    *Thank you*

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    1. Harriet-Website_1000x1000.jpg Harriet @ the BNC
      efficient_nation's comment 21 May 2021

      Thanks for including your own opinion at the end of your comment, efficient_nation. Next time, make sure you include references to the sources you used and try to use your own words as much as possible.

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  • Hammond School logo loyal_cymbals | Hammond Junior School C
    21 May 2021

    What an interesting post you have done protective_ant. I think art is a good way to explain things to be who don't speak your language because tehre are many people that come from different countries to visit England every year. If we just write a message about climate change on a wall only English people or people who speak English will understand what we are saying but if we produced a message in art everybody will be able to understand meaning that they might be able to spread there message to the people in there country. And just by the short amount of time people from different countries might be staying in England they might be able to help with climate change just by maybe planting some trees near where they are staying or walking to restaurant. If everybody did a little bit to help with the environment so much could be improved.

    Thank you for reading
    By loyal_cymbals

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  • Hammond School logo jazzed_beaver | Hammond Junior School C
    21 May 2021

    This is a really interesting post! You have included points and opinions that I have never really even thought of before! The way you keep comparing art to languages is really interesting and a very good idea. I really like some of the examples and ideas that you have put in it, they really got me engaged in your writing! You have clearly taken a lot of time writing this amazing post and put a lot of thought into it. I also really like the way you ended it- it was very effective! I share your opinion that art is a very good way to communicate simple to complex messages to people that don't speak the same language as you. It is really nice that instead of only writing ok answers, you wrote really interesting, detailed answers answering the question. I have never thought that deeply into the meaning of art and how to understand it before. Thank you for writing this post I found it really interesting. 😊

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  • global-conversation.png hilarious_attitude | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    21 May 2021

    Art advitise and the beauty attracts people

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  • Hammond School logo protective_dusk | Hammond Junior School C
    24 May 2021

    This is a great post protective_ant, and you have really put effort and time into this -well done! Art can tell people what is happening in the world, and can help people get a message, without doing it with a phone or something else. Art is also better for the environment, as some art can have recycled objects in them.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg spectacular_keyboard | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    24 May 2021

    Art is a good way to explain something to a group of people who don't speak English, because the world of art is the most peaceful thing you can view and produce. You can express your mind through your artwork. Art is like universal language, almost everyone can understand it. You can produce art that anyone from any country can understand. We do not need to speak the same language to be able to understand the tranquility and beauty of an artwork.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg jocular_apricot | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    24 May 2021

    Art is a good way to explain something to a group of people who don't speak the same language as you can create a poster about issues going on in the world such as climate change so people can gather information and can help. Also photos can help people who may not be able to read large amounts of text, they can interpret messages from the images. Art is a language everyone understands no matter where you are from.

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  • global-conversation.png trusting_idea | Junior Secondary School | Nigeria
    24 May 2021

    in my own opinon many or most people are willing to spend their income,resources on art because like art and they no the way art help us , an art work express people feeling and also attract buyers not only buyers but people in a society or a country some will like to buy an art work but they dont have resources to spend on art

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