The role of cultural identity in the creation of art

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A society’s mental health is in part determined by cultural practices, including the purposeful making of things. Taking part in these practices helps individuals and communities build their identities and sense of belonging.

People form and develop their identities through art [including craft and design]. Cultural interpretation, reflection, contribution, and challenge are self-affirming activities.

Does culture influence art or does art influence culture? The sense of cultural belonging is part of a person’s identity, but does it influence their artistic approach? Having a sense of stability in life is necessary for every individual, which he can only find in his community, and this is what determines a person’s sense of cultural identity.

It is about the awareness of a person’s identity as a member of a group, which allows us to understand where we belong in a socio-cultural context and how to freely move about it.

Persons’ cultural identities are defined by their conscious acceptance of norms, normative behavior patterns, and values. This affects intercultural communication in a significant way.

Therefore, it implies a set of consistent characteristics that lead us to feel sympathy or antipathy towards certain cultural phenomena or people. This determines what type, manner, and format we use to communicate with them.

While we hear the words ‘culture’ and ‘art’ often, we are not always aware of their precise meaning or the extent to which they have meaning. How do they relate? Culture can be taught through hands-on art experiences whether they are different or similar. Several arts and crafts projects engage the five senses and are suitable for all ages.

Cultural identity affects a person’s behaviour and is a significant aspect of their self-concept. We know that ethnic identification provides people with a sense of participation and self-esteem, and that having a strong ethnic heritage can lead to beneficial outcomes such as personality, contentment, and a common purpose.

Society cannot function without art. Throughout history, it has been shown that art extends beyond what is readily apparent with the senses, but also reflects the vibrant culture in which it has evolved. Art has been shaped and influenced by numerous cultures, resulting in the way it appears today.  There is no doubt that the Greeks are an example of this. Their definition of what art is was the first to come to light. There are five distinct types of Greek art. There are many forms of expression, including painting, jewelry making, sculpture, architecture, and pottery.

Painting on Greek panels is known as one of the most prestigious forms of art. This is a type of painting created on a wooden panel by hand. This type of art was characterized by the use of encaustic painting and tempera. Many portraits and still life paintings were produced during this time. Wall paintings were also popular during this time.

Minoan and Mycenean art dates back thousands of years. There are two well-known wall paintings in Vergina, Macedonia: the “Tomb of Persephone” and the “Grace of Phillip”. The Greek mind was also responsible for polychromy, or the use of multiple colors. Sculptures and edifices constructed in Greece have benefited from its use.

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