Why Do We Make Art? Author Explores The Depths Of Leonardo Da Vinci's Brain To Find Out

October 25, 2014 12:52 AM

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Why Do We Make Art? Author Explores The Depths Of Leonardo Da Vinci's Brain To Find Out

Creativity is at its base a combination of fear and lust. Danger and sex are the fundamental processes that artists traditionally call upon to create a work of art. Of course, he or she is not aware that these are the root causes. Creativity begins with perceiving a pattern, a feature, or an alternative use for a common object. After recognizing something novel, the artist breaks down the observation into its component parts. This is primarily a left-brained function, reductionist and analytic. An artist will reassemble the pieces into a new and compelling manner that others will recognize as art. But the work of art must contain "passion." It must be a work of "love." He or she must be in a nearly "orgasmic" state to produce it. Our word comes from Dionysian , a wild state of holy inspiration. Orgasm is a right-hemispheric function. Love is rooted in the right brain. Ecstasy is an emotion experience at the right of the corpus callosum.

The scientist doe the same, but is interested in understanding how the parts relate to the whole. Whereas the scientist uses reductionism and synthesis in the service of advancing knowledge, the artist uses the same in the service of aesthetics. The artist employs images and metaphors to interpret t...

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