Ije art by Chigozie Obi
Chigozie Obi (b. 1997) is a multi-dimensional visual artist based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Visit her website to know more about her practice: chigozieobi.com
What is Art?
There is no universally accepted definition of art. Although commonly used to describe something of beauty or a skill that produces an aesthetic result, there is no clear line in principle between (say) a unique piece of handmade sculpture, and a mass-produced but visually attractive item. We might say that art requires thought – some kind of creative impulse – but this raises more questions: for example, how much thought is required? If someone flings paint at a canvas, hoping by this action to create a work of art, does the result automatically constitute art?
Even the notion of ‘beauty’ raises obvious questions. If I think my kid sister’s unmade bed constitutes something ‘beautiful’, or aesthetically pleasing, does that make it art? If not, does its status change if a million people happen to agree with me, but my kid sister thinks it is just a pile of clothes?