What is art?
Art is whatever the artist or the viewer says is art.
That’s the best answer I’ve been able to find. This is a question I asked my art professors when I was studying at the University of Alabama for my Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a focus on Digital Media. No one had a very clear answer. But the essence seemed to be about the artist’s intention.
When I told my sculpture professor that I wanted to build a sculpture out of solar panels that actually generated power, he suggested that art has to be done for art’s sake alone. There can be no other goal with a piece except for the art of it.
Although I never pursued my solar panel sculpture, I disagree with that narrow definition of art. Now that I’m older and have a better understanding of the world, I realize that my solar panel sculpture would have been a completely legitimate form of art. The medium does not qualify or disqualify a piece of art. The art of a piece could include the panels, the energy generated, and a million other forms of art mediums that are unlimited.
So, make your art, whatever it is.
Art by Paris Vega
Here are a few examples of my artwork. Some pieces may be available for sale. Contact Me if you’re interested in buying something.
2003: Between Sleep (colored pencil)
2005: Phoenix / Beauty in Chaos / Survivor
Black and white photograph manually processed in a dark room.
2006: Super Date (stop motion-ish animation/video project)
An animation project from college. I made this video from hundreds of photos I took and then sticthed together in iMovie.