Defining Art

By Holly Lyn Walrath · Jan 20, 2019
925 words · 4-minute reading time

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Photo by Igor Miske via Unsplash.

From the author: What is art, and how do we define a creative legacy?


I have always been captivated by artists who died in obscurity.

Perhaps it is a morbid fascination, founded in my own fears as an artist. It’s the story of Herman Melville, famous today for Moby Dick, but so unknown in his life that they spelled his name wrong in his obituary. It’s the story of Henry Darger, a recluse whose secret artistic life was found some four decades after his death. And even today, we’re still discovering artists who have hidden their art, for mysterious reasons. The...

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