“The thing made is a work of art made by art, but not itself art. The art remains in the artist and is the knowledge by which things are made.”
– Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy
It’s an intriguing thought to view art as not the work itself but the means by which the work is created. Art becomes something much more complex and interesting – the various internal forces within you that enable you to produce the “work of art”. Even “work of art” takes on a new meaning – the piece created is the work of the art within you.
This makes the answer to “what is art?” take on a much more personal meaning – instead of looking outward and saying this piece is art and that piece is not, we instead turn inward and look for the measure of the art there. Art becomes much more than technique, composition or style – it is the unique combination of experience, intention, insight and creativity that only you have. Art becomes inseparably intertwined with the life force within you.
“The art remains in the artist” – I can think of no better companion.