by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC
In today's fast-paced, constantly-connected world, it can be easy to forget the importance of slowing down and taking the time to appreciate the small things in life. Finding meaning in everyday life is something that we all strive for. It can be a challenge, but it's important because it brings focus and purpose to our lives. By taking a closer look and finding meaning in the things we see everyday, we can unlock a whole new level of creativity and artistic expression. We may not always realize it, but the objects we encounter on a daily basis can be used to create art.
By taking everyday objects and giving them new life in our art practice, this process shows us the beauty and symbolism that can be found in even the most mundane things. By taking the time to look closely at the objects around us, we can unlock new levels of creativity. We can also begin to draw inspiration from ordinary objects that then can become transformed into something completely different.
Making art with found objects is a great way to tap into this hidden potential and find new meaning in the everyday. By using objects that we encounter every day or are typically discarded, we can create art that is deeply personal and reflects our unique worldview. From broken bits of pottery to colorful leaves and everything in between, we as the artist can create beauty as well as shape perspectives on what could be. Each and every object has the potential to be art, and it is up to the artist to find that potential and bring it to life.
There is a symbolism and meaning behind everything an artist chooses to use, even if it is something as simple as a rock. By re-purposing materials found in their everyday lives, artists are able to connect with their viewers on a deeper level. They are able to communicate ideas and messages that might not be possible with traditional art materials.
Repurposing materials in art is a way to show that everything has the potential to be beautiful. By taking something that is considered to be insignificant or mundane and turning it into something intriguing and unique, we as the artist are able to showcase the importance of perspective. Everything and everyone around us has unique potentials and abilities that can be highlighted in different ways. It is an important lesson to see how changing an object’s typical function or environment can help us to see it in a different light. This same idea can apply in a deep way with humans and our perspectives of our own skills, abilities and innate potentials.
Found objects can also be used to represent nostalgia or memory. By using an object that has personal significance, we as the artist can create a piece that captures a moment in time or reminds the viewer of a special moment. Consider what it would mean to create art using a ticket stub from your first concert or to intertwine sticks with yarn you have in your home. It can be fun to experiment and to intentionally challenge ourselves to find a new function or purpose for the materials around us. To challenge our creativity in a way that allows us to gently emerge from being on an auto-pilot mode of being and become reconnected to the joy of discovery in the world around us.
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