Examining the Definition of Art • Current Publishing

What is your definition of art? Global expert in everything, Google, says art is “the expression or application of human creative skills and imagination, usually in visual form such as painting or sculpture.”

Imagine a millennium ago, cave country folk etched scenes of humans and animals using charcoal, ocher, and other natural pigments. Often these colorful landscapes were forms of communication or had a symbolic or religious function. Were cave dwellers the original artists?


Google’s definition of art makes sense and I enjoy the cave dwellers’ tale. But how does an NFT suddenly occupy this space called art? NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are pieces of digital content linked to blockchain, the digital database supporting cryptocurrencies. Fungible means that the item can be replaced with another identical item. Thus, NFT is a digital work of art that cannot be reproduced. Understood? Me niether. It is basically a digital representation of art, music or whatever. As a promising clarification, the first original text in history was recently auctioned off as NFT for $ 121,000. So this is it.


Please meet Carmelite artist Magdalena Segovia, the art of someone I confidently understand and adore, and owner of the Magdalena Gallery of Arts on Main Street in Carmel. His gallery represents many other talented artists. Unlike many artists, including me, she received formal training from the Panamericana School of Art and Design in Brazil after receiving her Masters in Finance and Fashion Design. Superb!

She describes her style as imaginative / figurative, with a recent penchant for the abstract. I see hints of impressionism. Happiness inspires her to paint, which is brilliantly reflected in her bright and uplifting paintings.

Whatever its definition, art is certainly diverse. He speaks to us and can bring immense joy and hope to our lives.

Randy Sorrell, a Carmelite artist, can be reached at 317-679-2565 or [email protected] or rsorrellart.com.

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