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But that is Offensive

art censorshipWhat is art for? In my humble opinion it is to evoke some sort of emotion and sometimes that emotion is not the happy butterflies and spring flowers feeling but anger or frustration or heartache….so does that mean it isn’t art and should be removed?  Then you must ask yourself, who gets to decide what is art and what is not?

Let’s start with Webster’s definition of art:

: something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings

: works created by artists : paintings, sculptures, etc., that are created to be beautiful or to express important ideas or feelings

So based on this definition, shouldn’t we accept that we are not going to get that warm, fuzzy feeling from every piece of art that is out there?  Face it, some art is going to evoke an “important idea” that is hurtful or scary or heartbreaking instead.

After a passionate post on the IBH Facebook page over on crafter’s replication of a mammy doll I couldn’t stop asking myself where I stood; not on the Mammy Doll discussion but on where to draw the line on what is art and what is not.  Many wanted the post removed because it was “offensive” and others called that censorship and still others thought the idea that it would evoke such a response silly.

So my question to you, dear lovers of art, what do you think?  Do you think that art that depicts less that happy visions of our past should be banned from being made, seen, or sold?  Do you believe that people of the past who destroyed millions of dollars worth of irreplaceable art because it disagreed with their philosophy were in the right?  Or do you think that art can be used to educate others and cause such a strong feeling that they feel compelled to take action?  Share your thoughts….




About the Author:

A life long crafter, I found my passion in painting on glass, especially toasting glasses for brides, as well as chainmaille jewelry in between chasing my two boys to various sports events and clubs. This passion for handmade led my husband and I to start the and our passion for getting other handmade artists seen no matter where they sell led to acquiring It's Better Handmade! My hope is that by working with other creative people more buyers will come to understand the true value of handmade.

3 Comments on "But that is Offensive"

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  1. Chainmaille says:

    I agree art should move you, and not always flowers and roses. People need to get over themselves.

  2. “One man’s trash is another’s treasure.” “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I could go on and on. Some of us like chocolate and others vanilla. If you have an issue with something, that’s perfectly fine! But it’s not your job to determine what I might have an issue with… it’s MY job and my RIGHT. We all get to make our own decisions, guaranteed by the First Amendment. I’ll stop now……………..

  3. Bostoncharm Bostoncharm says:

    I am pretty open minded.. BUT I have a problem with art that crosses the moral line. I remember some artist (don’t remember his name)back in the early 90’s I think who tried to have an exhibit of Children’s genitals. I mean HUGE pieces of art. It was extremely offensive, and clearly pedophile type material. I also find bondage art, like torture offensive. So.. I draw the line there.. Don’t piss on people and tell them its rain.

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