Is art a product?

 Me at the process of painting  “Energy from the inside”

Me at the process of painting “Energy from the inside”

I have been thinking about it for a while now and keep getting back right to the beginning. Is art a product?

As I’m adding new art to my online shop - I’m being asked to fill up “product details”. That feeling annoys me every time I see it. And in the era of e-commerce platforms, I don’t see any escape from it. This is industry lingo and I just have to get used to that.

As an artist, I’ve devoted all of my life to creating, thinking about arts and believing in the importance of it. It was only natural that my mind kept rebelling against the notion, that my art could be seen as a product. But what is actually a product? Most sources say that a product is anything manufactured to be sold. Well, I don't crate my art to be sold.

I created a piece because I wanted to make it. It’s a natural expression and is as natural to me as making a silly face or singing a song. These are not products, are they? Is a similar painting a product, when I decide not to sell it? This example would prove, that it isn’t. And actually, there is another definition of a product – “a thing or person that is the result of an action or process”. Seems more likely, but I still feel there is more to it.

I run a creative business. As controversial people might see this, that’s how it is. I recently started doing prints of my work. I wanted to make it available for people, who couldn’t afford to buy the originals. It took me a while before I made that decision, but the fact is – I want people to enjoy my art. People play an important role in the whole process.

Creating art is a form of energy. And energy doesn’t disappear.
Energy can only be transferred.

Creating art is a form of energy. And energy doesn’t disappear. Energy can only be transferred. In this case – it’s carried into people’s lives. I think about creation as a part of a cycle, a flow. Let me picture you an example. I get touched and stimulated by nature and make a painting. The spirit from nature flows through me as I create a piece of art. Then the painting is passed onto someone – it’s given a new home. The energy from this new interaction is a source of new impulses arising in the soul of a new owner.  Now they will go into their world full of new spirit. Maybe following their dreams. Feeling joyful. Inspired. This cycle is certainly more than just a life of a product.

What are your views? I’m curious. Let me know.