Go See Art
After speaking with a few of our guests they mention how important just looking at art is. In Episode 2, Jordan talks about going to Florence for a class. He shares a perspective that one gains from simply looking at art. His art instructor had visited the same painting every day for a year and every time he saw this painting learned something new about the techniques used to create the piece being looked at. This was his own way to have a conversation with the artist.
Now why is looking at art healing? A Norwegian study known as the Nord-Trondelag Health Study gathered information from 130,000 Norwegians and questioned over 50,000 men and women about their participation in cultural activities such as attending galleries, museums, or films. According to a university researcher, Koenraad Cuypers, the study found definite correlation between participating in these activities and having increased rates of good health (84%), satisfaction with one's life (91%), and lower rates of anxiety and depression in both men and women.
The study also concluded that these benefits were found in people who both created or viewed the arts. Meaning that people who enjoy looking at art get the exact same health benefits as people who enjoy making art. Another fun fact is that females received more benefits from creating art, while males received more benefits from viewing art.
Over the weekend, Chris and I went to Temescal, CA to hang out and walk around and found an entire community of wall art. This was one of the many pieces we stumbled upon.