Abstract art gets a lot of flak. Often for two reasons:
1. “I could do that”
2. “but what is that?”
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But even while keeping these doubts in mind, abstract artworks have incredible human value. The key is not determining whether or not to appreciate them as art, but how to recognize the beauty of the act of their creation.
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In fact, perhaps the people who do not see abstract art as art are the ones best suited for appreciating this creative process. To them, a work is effectively trash made by a person. It has no value, and the person has no qualifications. It is a something made by a someone. Neither of the two matter.
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This leaves the creation process in its rawest form. “Making” is the dynamic process of the universe. It is what separates space into time. As humans, we often make things purposefully – dinner, houses, money – and even artists are typically trying to exert an expression.
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But to the person who does not recognize abstract art as art, what they have discovered is pure, purposeless creation. It is the act of the changing the universe unbiasedly; creating for the sake of creating.
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And that is art.
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But then again, we can also see this beauty through people like Aelita Andre. We recognize her as an artist, her work as art, and her act of creation as mesmerizing. It’s even more lovely to see all three.

Image: “Self-portrait,” 1898, José Villegas Cordero, via Wikimedia Commons