Meaning doesn’t have to be profound (or obvious)
Yesterday I wrote about creating with meaning and purpose, using a message to drive your art.
But too often we see “message” and “meaning” as needing to be profound, something that makes people stop, pause, think or change because of what they’ve seen, read or watched.
Some of the greatest art the world has ever seen has been created with no apparent meaning, but imbued with a sense of the artist into which others have read what they wanted to see.
I’d argue that a lot of art can appear to have little or no meaning whatsoever until the consumer adds it on.
The only thing wrong with meaningless art is if it has no meaning to the artist. The creator must always understand why they’ve created something.
If not, emptiness abounds.