It may be hard to believe that we’re already five weeks into the Spring semester. But with the middle of February, our routine is pretty set; except for the occasional weather interruption. In addition to our “regular” lives filled with academic responsibilities and the general busy-ness of life, there are times when art comes suddenly and without warning. Of course art is all around us in the predictable ways of planned research and productions. Students studying the arts, the faculty who lead them and the staff who support them live, eat and breath “art” in every moment. But what makes art a sudden surprise? Perhaps it’s in the way we observe the world and each other. Have your senses ever taken you by surprise?
Have you ever noticed how the smell of sauteed onions and garlic in the UC makes people seem a little calmer?
Have Thin Mint girl scout cookies created a flashback memory of childhood?
Have you ever noticed a bird song along Packer Avenue and stopped to find out which tree it’s perched in?
How about when one sees freshly fallen snow make the world seem clean again?
Have you ever felt a little better from a simple stretch?
It is our senses that awaken our curiosity about the world. Art is a way for us to explore it, understand it and share it.
Even Aristotle once said, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. What will you notice today?