Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Art, No Art, or All Art

 

I read something recently that I keep thinking about.  I read in the Balinese language, there is no word for "art" or "artist."  The reason, apparently, is that people in Bali view the creation of beautiful things as a natural part of life, and something that everyone does.  It is such a  part of every day activities that it's not necessary to have a special word for it. 

Isn't that lovely?  Makes me think that some of the "who is an artist" or "is quilting art or craft" discussions seem rather silly.