I hope everyone is staying healthy and making art. During this time when we keep social distance and are worried about the extent that this virus will affect our lives and families, one question looms, "Why make Art?" Aren't we supposed to focus our instincts of providing for our family?
1. Art is therapy: Making art releases the hormone cortisol, which in turn reduces inflammation among other things. In my life art is a time where I can turn everything off and be in the moment.
2. Art has been made at all times in human history: Art is a very human way to express ourselves. We need art to process our thoughts, feelings and emotions. Art was made during the holocaust and during the Spanish flu of 1918. See more about artists and artworks created during times of sickness.
3. As you begin to experience more time at home, art is something that is easily accessible. Yes you can watch Netflix or play video games, but that can get old fast.. Art is there to keep your mind and body engaged. Also, art is a social act. It is meant to be shared. As art workshops, Plein air events, and other artistic meetings get cancelled we need to stay connected as much as possible. That is why I started the facebook group "Art Connections" Post your artwork, your studio, artwork hanging in your house. Or something that inspired you during the day. When you are missing art exhibits and hanging out with artists this will be our go to place!