Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Art should stay separate

Art is for the mind, body and soul. Art is for expression, for release. It is to relieve stress or showcase talent.

To first think about what art is, most would probably first think of tangible pieces that people create — a sketch, a painting, a photo, a novel. Then, thoughts could wander to fine art in dance, song or theater. Art can be anything that satisfies a person.

Artists, and in some cases actors, create masterpieces. They invest time, energy and every ounce of their being into their work. And with that, they should be proud of what comes of it, and we should be able to understand and appreciate that effort.

Over time, this art has helped our society. It has been a model for developing new ideas or influencing the way people think.

In staff writer Madison Winters’ story, “Influential artists need to consider actions,” she expresses her thoughts of the most recent years where artists who create work that has been a part of our society have been accused and/or charged with crime that she deems “monstrous.”

Winters brings up actor, writer and director Woody Allen and actor Bill Cosby to make her case. She couldn’t separate the art from the artist. She couldn’t see past the actions they had taken while watching them on screen.

“Chances are, I will never be able to see past them, but in this case, I’m fine with that,” she said in the article.

As artists ourselves, we believe that a person should be able to make that degree of separation in which they can still appreciate the works that any artist creates.

Yes, there are times when people do bad things, but they may not have always been bad. Even if they have, the art shouldn’t be discredited just because those “bad” people were a part of it.

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