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How does sensuality fit in with artistry?

Asked by Adirondackwannabe (36545points) September 30th, 2010

Do you have to be a sensual person to be an artist? By artist I’m taking the most widepread defintion of what is an artist. Are artist more sensual because of what they do? How do the two fit together for you?

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judochop's avatar

I think that most but not all (definitely not all) are more sensual just because some can find the simplest enjoyment out of finding art in everything they look at and touch. If you are constantly admiring your surroundings then you are most likely going to react more sensually to it.

muppetish's avatar

I think sensuality usually fits in with any given medium of art. Someone who is not affected by visual stimuli probably won’t enjoy taking photographs from an artistic standpoint (anyone can point a camera and push a button, but the art-photographers I know are sensitive to changes in light, colours, perspective, etc.) – similarly, someone who is not immersed in sound probably won’t pursue aural artwork, such as composing music.

Someone whose senses are impaired can still be artistic in these mediums though (but I would still consider them sensual in spite of lack of a particular sense as blind individuals still watch movies and deaf individuals still listen to music, albeit in a different manner. Beethoven composed deaf and Degas sculpted blind – they were sensual without all their senses.)

How we examine sensuality and artistry are important to how we address this question.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Judochop-Yes.Well said :)
@muppetish-“I think sensuality usually fits in with any given medium of art.” Yes:)
I don’t really need to answer this as these two covered it well

wundayatta's avatar

Sensual? Or sensitive?

I don’t think you have to be tactile or visual or sound-oriented to be an artist. Art can be purely intellectual. Certainly sensuality fits in with art-making, but it is not necessary.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I act. I am an avid participant in theater, and part of the craft is knowing how to tap into all the senses and where they reside in various parts of the body in order to perfect a character. Sensuality is essential in that process.

GeorgeGee's avatar

Yes indeed; this isn’t the result of a dead heart: http://frontieracademyart.com/?p=230

MissAnthrope's avatar

I have the brain of a scientist and the soul of an artist, weird combo.

When I think about my involvement with art and music, I feel very strongly that sensuality is key to good art. I mean, someone who has no eye or love for the medium can throw paint on a canvas and call it art and maybe some people would like it enough to hang it on their wall. However, it’s the eye toward color and composition, the flooding of the senses and how that makes you feel, that makes a true work of art.

I think a true artist, when they turn out a piece of work, knows full well how it feels to experience that particular work. They may have had that in mind or they may have explored their medium on that particular work until they were able to express a particular thought or feeling.

I am not a very good drawer or painter, though I enjoy doing it, but I am a pretty good photographer. The difference between a casual user snapping photos and a photographer is this eye for something being a great shot. I assume this can be learned.. I’m not sure if my abilities are an innate talent or training, probably a product of both. But it’s interesting because I notice HUGE quality differences in photographs, depending on who is taking them. Several people I know take generally crappy photos, god love ‘em (they usually ask me to take the camera) and then I know a few people who could point the camera at a garbage can and it’d have feeling and purpose behind the end result.

Haleth's avatar

When I was in art school (I dropped out), my studio professor told us about his thesis project. He went to school to be a printmaker, but ended up presenting the wood blocks that he carved into because he appreciated their smoothness and weight so much. That’s awesome! He wouldn’t have made that leap if he hadn’t been very in touch with his senses.

I think that being sensual and being artistic are intertwined in the sense that sensuality makes everything very poignant, and art is a means to express those experiences. A person who’s very in touch with their senses will also be observant, and a big part of visual art is observation.

MissAnthrope's avatar

@Haleth – Well said. :)

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