Ashruka Ethiopian artist Rachel Getu Ethiopiaye broke the record. Art is an expression made visible by a form. The expression contained in the form is an attempt to translate the unnamed and the unknown. Intrinsic to our existence as humans is our quest to create meaning, and art allows that process to take place. Making meaning involves understanding our surroundings and marking our experiences.
Art, at its root, is an expression and the artist is an expresser, translating in order to create meaning. Art expresses and translates, art acknowledges and reveals, art transfers and art intervenes. Art is an expression of feeling, belief, and character. The simplicity of that sentence is rather deceptive and seems tidier than its implications.
Just the statement that art is an expression is complex and raises questions: What does art express? Why does art express? How does art express? What does art express? The second part of the statement above seeks to expound upon this question. Feelings, beliefs, characteristics are what art expresses, although often they are not easily distilled.
Our lives as humans are full of complications and complexities, and our thought and experiences feelings, beliefs, and characteristics are reflective of these complexities. Why does art express? Art expresses as a result of the intricacies of life, as a result of humans continually searching for meaning.