Art & Soul

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The definition of art has been debated extensively. It means many things to different people. One common denominator is that art has an audience. Of course, that might open up another can of worms as to what an audience really is. For the sake of this piece, an audience is any group of individuals.

Art for some can the end result of something or be a process or performance. In all cases, the intention should be to provoke. Art does more for a person’s mind and soul than you might think. The spirit of creation strikes us all differently in a way that is not quantifiable. Emotional responses can truly be measured and accurately scaled since emotional responses vary across the board. Good art should resonate with as many people as possible.

Some would argue that all forms of art should be intentional. For others, art is defined by the audience. One thing we all know is that art serves its purpose, whether or not we acknowledge it. Without it, we would not have the architecture, technology, sport and more conventional notions of art.

The creation of art allows us to express ourselves in a way that reveals the soul. The freedom that comes with that irrevocably soothes you. To create, we reach inwards to a reservoir. Being attentive to it allows to nurture our souls. One common thought is that you can exhaust this internal source.

Since our emotions can be measured precisely, how do we know good art from bad?

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What allows a performance to be art? Using the parameters given before, this could mean that any action can be considered an art, as long as there is an audience. Apart from the traditional performing arts, the Caribbean might have overlooked its favorite sport: cricket.

The physical prowess, technical finesse and electric charisma that the players embody is not something that we should take for granted. Weighing a sport on the same scale with more conventional forms of art might seem strange, but looking at the emotional response to the sport shows the devotion of its fanbase.

This is not only attached to the commercial aspect of the sport. Just like more orthodox forms of art, there is a rich history behind the sport. While it has its roots in India, and has made its way here, it arguably of the most favored pastime in many Caribbean countries.

Perhaps the most valuable aspect of the sport is not its documented history, but the memories created from playing. Not only is it an activity that promotes the unity amongst the players, but around the supporters.

One way or another, the sport is intertwined with our lives, even if you are not a fan — very few Caribbean diaspora can say they don’t know the tune of Cricket in the Jungle, a nostalgic melody by Dave Martin and the Tradewinds.

For this reason, we can say, cricket is within the heart and souls of every Caribbean person.