Here is the essay I wrote in support of my MA Fine Art, in August 2018. It tries to describe art in the biggest sense, as a philosophy without words – a way of seeing and understanding the world in an intuitive way. The essay suggests that art practice might provide us with an alternative to capitalism, as a way of satisfying our human desire.
The essay looks at the meaning of art in a social and political context. It follows a
thread of history showing the relationship of art to society and politics, and
identifies cultural perspectives – materiality and conceptuality – to develop the
concept of art as a philosophy without words.
We arrive at a sense of art and culture as immanent, embedded in society, and
offering an alternative value system to postmodernism’s ‘capitalist realism’.