The incredible power of looking at a painting or sculpture is imagining what the artist was thinking over a period of time that took him or her from a blank sheet, or even nothing at all, to a colorful, even transcendent, finish. What was the thought process? The inspiration? The meaning?
Art is a fantastically ambiguous medium that stirs up emotions and reactions that range from happy and joyful to curious and confusing to sorrowful and heart-breaking to inspiring and magnificent. In some senses, art is universally objective and other times is purely subjective to the viewer.
Starry Night (of the 19th century) is beloved around the world. The perception of a vase from Ancient Greece with a story illustrated around the top rim is more subjective.
I wonder what the defining piece of art will be for the 21st century (so far)? What image or shapes will resonate with entire generations?
I have a strong inkling it won’t be a 2-dimensional painting or marble sculpture, but instead will be an experience.
Ask yourself: What is it like to live in the 21st century?
Whatever you decide, be inventive.