|Study: Hands (1999)|
Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. Leonardo da Vinci
There has been a great deal of debate over the years on what does and does not constitute art: whether a work must conform to certain criteria, or be visually appealing to the masses, or meet some traditional standard in terms of technique, medium, or quality. But true art does not conform to any of these, cannot be defined by words because it simply is, with a nature and language and personality of its own. It is an expression of the human spirit, of the human condition, of things that cannot truly be defined or quantified or explained away by flawed human standards and so-called scientific fact. It isn’t always beautiful, but it doesn’t have to be.