My Personal Philosophy Of Aesthetics Essay

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The Artist
My personal philosophy of aesthetics starts with the artist. A person possessing artistic genius and the ability to craft representations of forms to communicate knowledge to the viewer. An artist is a creative person who generates the ideas, which are translated by their hands that generate the material object or performance. Tolstoy states, “Art is a human activity consisting in this, that one man consciously, by means of certain external signs, hands on to others feelings he has lived through, and that others are infected by these feelings and also experience them” which to me is at the essence of why an artist creates. People create to share their experiences with others. Sometimes these experiences are joyful and sometimes they are painful for an artist to express. I disagree with Plato when he states that art is dangerous because it has the power to stir the views emotions. Art is not dangerous its intention is of expression. An artist uses his expression to invoke universal feelings to a viewer. The viewer can connect to the emotions because all human experience the same emotions just have different experiences. Art according to Kant can please a viewer and is enjoyed for its sake alone. By seeing an object in a distinctive way that produces enjoyment and solidifies Collingwood’s distinction between an artist and a craftsperson. They differ in the way they create. An artist creates from his mind and imagination while a craftsperson constructs an object…

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