Artists Are Multi-Lingual

We’re all told about the benefits of speaking more than one language in a global economy. What language do you choose? If you’re an artist, the language to speak is the Visual Language of art. Art is a universal language. We don’t have to create dictionaries to appreciate and understand the work before your eyes.

We’re all told about the benefits of speaking more than one language in a global economy. What language do you choose? If you’re an artist, the language to speak is the Visual Language of art. Art is a universal language. We don’t have to create dictionaries to appreciate and understand the work before your eyes.

I was watching PBS last night looking for programming on arts and entertainment. Denver has a show called Arts District. The show shares information about art in the Denver Metro Area, but also shows stories about artists across the country. Last night one of the featured artists was Joseph Watson, a painter.

Watson lives in Las Vegas and works from the vantage point that art is a language. He shared that his ideas “fall out of the sky”. His work is modern and nostalgic. It tells the stories of life events that are common while being thought provoking. His work “The River of Rhythms” has musicians from all works of life in one vessel.

One of the projects he was a part of was a public art piece. He painted utility boxes in the community. The one piece was a large utility box and the piece was all about success. He showed the same woman many times around the box, but each time she represented a different occupation. It showed his respect for women and the confidence that woman/girls can be anything they want to be.

It’s this type of art that is empowering. Empowerment and the “I can” mentality can heal many injuries, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Artists like Watson show how art can wake up our creative intellect. Watson’s art inspires us to utilize our multi-lingual gifts to share our thoughts, ideas, and dreams.

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