Must Art be Seen?

I asked this question last year on Twitter and I got an excellent response, but I can’t remember what everyone said.

This time, I want the discussion on here so I (or you) can come back to it at any time.

The question is simple, but the answer can be complicated.

Does art need to be seen by more than just its creator?

Or more precisely,

If a creator never shares their work, are they creating art?


Styrofoam Cup Art

I used to do this in the margins of all my school worksheets, and my teachers would get annoyed at me for it. I moved on to doodling on restaurant placemats. I had the right idea; I just chose the wrong medium!

A bit jealous. But also so excited to see something like a cup, something mundane, become something extraordinary. I’d never thought of it and the now I’m inspired to look around me and see what else I’ve not believed to draw on before.

Below is an interview of Boey, the artist, creating artwork on Styrofoam cups. You can also check out his website at

Scuba Diving Wheelchair

Artist creating art with wheelchairOne woman’s story that will change your perception of people in wheelchairs.

Sue Austin lost her ability to walk through a long illness. When she was well enough to re-join society via wheelchair, she described it as ‘exhilarating’. She was so excited to be able to interact with the world again.

Her happiness was somewhat tempered by other people’s responses to her chair. She found that other people did not see it as a gateway to freedom and joy.

Sue began to find ways to make the world see her chair as she did. As a medium of self-expression and adventure.

She modified parts of her chair, turning her wheels into dual paintbrushes! So just by traveling down the sidewalk, or across the park, she leaves a trail of artistry. Expressing herself and changing the way people see her.

She started learning to scuba dive when it occurred to her that scuba diving was to most people what her wheelchair had always been to her.

It seemed the perfect opportunity to make a statement and bring the two worlds together. Thus was born the underwater wheelchair!

This gave her the same feeling of exhilaration as first getting the chair; now with the extra added benefit of moving, literally, in all directions at will.

Bravo to her for finding a way to change people’s perspectives.

Watch her talk about the process that brought her to creating the underwater wheelchair in her Ted Talk below.

Strawberry Men

Proof that artistic expression is not confined to the studio!

I love it when people give me permission and instructions, on how to play with my food. And so simple too!

At first look, these little strawberry men seem like they’d be uber-hard to do. They aren’t, and I have everything I need already in my kitchen, even the melon baller!

Well, maybe not the cute lil’ sugar hearts (for their adorable faces) but you don’t need them if you don’t want them.

I love that I’m excited about food art. One note, if you’re unfamiliar with the melon baller, buy extra fruit so you can practice lots!

The possibilities for the creation of alternate ‘strawberry men’ are endless. There are plenty of ways to bring your personal touch to it.

I’m envisioning little multi-cultural strawberry men. Substituting honeydew, grapes or even peaches for the apple… I’m just compiling a list.

How do you plan to personalize your strawberry men?

When Science Meets Art

How do you reconcile science to art? It feels as though the two should never even have a nodding acquaintance with one another, but it seems as if they now do. This video gives me yet another reason to find science even sexier than it already is.

Swiss scientist, Fabian Oefner, wants to make us think about the beauty in the science that we sometimes just don’t (or aren’t able to) see. Such as sound the sound waves produced by our stereo.

Now, we can’t see a sound wave, except… we can! Oefner uses his super-scientific mind to find a way to illustrate the point, using colorized crystals.


It’s Not Funny, it’s Art.

Proof that you don’t need to understand art to create it.

This video about Blanca could just as well be about me! Well, I don’t go around cutting canvasses from their frames but if we’re honest… I don’t always get it. The sheer seriousness of it all. The unclear distinction between so-called ‘high’ and ‘low’ art. It can be boggling.

This cartoon (if you can dare to call it something so non-serious) represents an inner philosophical debate.

What is the meaning of art?
And how should we respond to art and creativity?

Maybe it’s because I’m not a sophisticated person, but I like a simple animation for a complicated point.