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Why Appreciating Art is so Important for People

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Why Appreciating Art is so Important for People?

Some people might not think that art is important and would not appreciate it or recognize the efforts to create awe-inspiring pieces of artwork. As intriguing and inspiring art can be, some people have lost their sense of creativity or fascination with colors. When you think of art, you would think of the famous works from artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, Raphael, Pablo PicassoCarole Feuerman, Van Gogh, Warhol, or Claude Monet.

The Importance of Art

Art has been around for generations and decades. Their form and representation have changed from time to time, but their importance, appreciation, and creativity are still admired. Did you know that art was even before men discovered fire? We may have forgotten that art has been around since the early days of the cavemen. No doubt that art has played a very significant role throughout our history. It has shaped our culture, our traditions, and our way of life.

However, it is also a part of our lives in many ways, as everything that we do, wear or perform is inspired by art in some way or the other. Art revolves around us in many ways. We can take inspiration from art from nature, colors in the sky, landscapes, flowers, animals, people, and our culture.

The clothing we wear to the movies we see, or the video games we play, the cars we drive to the pictures of ourselves or the pictures in the books or magazines we read, everything we do is inspired through art, and it is important to appreciate art. Appreciating art and artists is important because art continues to be a part of our lives and our future. It is also related to the future of many generations to come.

Art in the Early Days

Appreciating art was done in the early civilizations, as men used art to communicate with one another and even with the world. We know that early men didn’t use art as a formal written language, but they did use drawings to depict their everyday lives, important information, emotions, and hopes. We can still look at those artistic images and appreciate them in a way. It did give us a clear understanding of their daily struggles and successes and give us a chance to connect and empathize with learning about their culture.

Appreciating and Admiring Art

Art is not meant to be overlooked. People need to appreciate it, admire it, and be inspired by it as it can teach us many things that we can’t even imagine. Art is meant to be looked at for what it is, as it tells us who we are and what we can become in the eyes of the beholder. Art can stimulate thought and reason.

That is why it is known to have brought a revolution in many cultures. It can stimulate ideas as it allows viewers to draw their own emotions in their thoughts and pull from their personal experiences as they encounter them.

Art can be influential in a way as it naturally develops critical and innovative thinking skills. That is why children in their early ages are inspired to draw and paint. Art also teaches us many important qualities such as listening, observing, and responding to multiple perspectives.

That is why art should be admired and appreciated by people from all different walks of life. There is a lot more you can learn about art and artists by reading the real-life account of an inspiring artist Carole A. Feuerman from her book ‘My Hyperrealist Life and Legacy’.

Her book can teach us and all the inspiring artists out there the importance of art and how you can take inspiration from it to learn how to live your life.

Survival of Serena and Immigration

Survival of Serena and Immigration

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Define the sculpture “Survival of Serena and immigration” history:

In the late seventies and early eighties, Carole and her family lived in Key West in Florida. She would see Cuban asylum seekers floating to shore on rafts they had strapped together out of inner tubes and driftwood. She was greatly affected.

Since 1966, seven years after the Cuban revolution put Fidel Castro in power and the context of the Cold War, the US had viewed Cubans as political refugees eligible for US citizenship if they could make it to the country. However, because of travel restrictions and limited resources, those desperate to leave the country scavenged raft materials and inner tubes to become balseros, attempting to float across the Caribbean waters to the Keys.

When balseros made it to Florida, the journey destroyed them: dehydrated, sun-sick, hypothermic, starving. However, they also become an integral part of the Florida and US community: in total more than a million would eventually call the state home.

Survival of SerenaSeeing these refugees, Carole was moved to produce Innertube Variant II, the torso and arms of a woman resting her head on an innertube. It has been made and re-made since the 1980s in many forms, known as Survival of Serena.


In one of the first blog posts I wrote after I started working at the studio, I talked about the “Miniature Serena” I had been learning to lay up with resin to make a piece in the edition:

Yesterday a senior fabricator, Natasha Rodriguez, started teaching me how to lay up to Carole’s sculptures, a Mini Serena. Serena is resting on an inner tube, her head on her arm. She looks tired and self-satisfied. Talking with one of the artists here, Heath Wang, he said he saw in it the story of a woman who has escaped abuse and created a new life for herself and is resting in that moment of security she has created… I’m attracted to Serena’s floating, mobile self-security.

History of Survival of Serena:

I was learning more about the history of Survival of Serena in the time since I’ve come to appreciate it as one of Carole’s most essential works. This sculpture can be more specifically discussed in a political context as an immigrant narrative and a refugee problem. The floating figure directly references the experience of crossing the water that Carole watched the balseros take again and again.

That self-security is something Survival of Serena has won on the back of her journey as an immigrant, and that is part of why the sculpture has remained one of Carole’s most popular pieces. It has resonance through various refugee crises that the US and the world have encountered since. Those who view Survival of Serena can connect it to the Cuban balseros. Still, it can also be linked to the Honduran, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran families escaping Central American violence since the 1990s.

That violence has roots in the United States. Many Central American criminal organizations can be traced back to Los Angeles. The weapons they use to control and terrorize are primarily a US export, and the market they sell narcotics to is the US. Many of the migrants who flee this violence are children and women who choose not to cooperate with these gangs and face death. They have an aspiration to become Survival of Serena and build their self-security.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration is actively seeking to destroy that possibility for migrants from Central America and worldwide.

Why is the impact on migration to the USA?

The public debate on migration in this country centers on the intense coverage of family separations occurring this summer on the US-Mexico border. It’s reported that more than 2000 children have been separated from their parents while those parents are being detained and tried criminally for illegal entry into the country, even if they have a legitimate asylum claim. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has released recommendations for strict limitations on what an asylum claim looks like by rejecting the threat of gang or domestic violence as valid grounds for a claim.

Additionally, Trump has successfully pursued a ban on travel and immigration of those from five Muslim-majority countries (along with North Korea and officials of the Venezuelan government), a ban recently upheld by the Supreme Court in Trump v. Hawaii.

Two countries, Syria and Yemen, are currently undergoing civil wars that the US fights in and supports, creating a massive refugee crisis that the Middle East and Europe have primarily borne the weight of. However, those Yemenis and Syrians who have family in the US and even with US citizen children are now unable to come to the US by any means, continuing the administration’s family separation policy.

Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions aspire to destroy the meaning and hope of Survival of Serena’s meaning and to destroy that aspiration to a safe and peaceful life for those who are threatened by violence that is often a US export in the first place.

Ultimately, I want to say this: more than half of the people who work in Carole’s studio right now were born outside the US, myself included. Carole herself was born of immigrant grandparents escaping Hitler and being allowed asylum in the USA.

Our lives have been profoundly affected by the vagaries of policy around migration and immigration in this country and abroad. Making sculptures themselves is not an effective way to fight immoral policy but producing symbols that have cultural resonance is a tool that can be used to suggest moral, aspirational alternatives if the conversation around those symbols happens.

What is the Survival of Serena, according to Carole?

Carole says that Survival of Serena is a universal sculpture. She points to the fact that even for those who weren’t born outside of the US, migration has been a part of the most families’ experience. There have been so many different migrations: those who are refugees from war or famine or flood, those who survived the Trail of Tears and colonial terror, those who were enslaved, those who fled north during the Great Migration, those who moved to the suburbs.

Those who came to cities because rural economies were corporatized, those who escape their families, those who send money back to their families because there are no jobs at home. I don’t know if Survival of Serena can speak to all of these histories, and exist in dialogue with them, then her mobile self-security is probably the best that all of us who are at the mercy of history can hope for.


As an immigrant story and a refugee problem, the Survival of Serena sculpture can be discussed more particularly in a political context. Carole witnessed the balseros cross the lake again and over again. Therefore, the roaming figure is a direct tribute to that individual experience.

—Craig Hartl

Changing the World Through Art

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Changing the World Through Art!

Art has taken me to many countries around the world. On any given day, I might be standing in front of an audience of leaders or discussing the construction of my artwork with a viewer just walking by my sculpture. Working as an artist has brought me into contact with people who share similar and different beliefs.

It has introduced me to a vast range of perceptions and ideas. Being able to participate in these local and global exchanges has profoundly affected the artworks that I make, driving me to create art that touches people emotionally.

Changing the World Through Art

Why is art influential?

One of the significant challenges facing us today is that we often feel powerless when it comes to helping others and solving problems. We may feel disconnected and unable to change world issues, but we must not be quiet. Only through letting our voices be heard can we have a say in shaping our world.

Many artists used their art to make the change. Some of these artists’ works may be familiar to you, such as Picasso. Others, whom you may not know, have used diverse ways of communicating their perceptions. Guernica represents Picasso’s moving anti-war testimonial. This large-scale painting conveys the chaos and torment of war.

Distinctive definition of art by the famous artist!

The Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, created his works under a repressive regime. He made a temporary studio on the Greek Island of Lesbos to bring attention to the plight of the millions of immigrants trying to enter Europe. He famously said, There’s no refugee crisis, but only a human crisis”.

He is an artist who is effecting change. He posted images on social media of a helpless toddler being washed ashore and laid his own body down to be photographed, saying that each human life is of equal importance. His photos shocked the world, making people aware of these human tragedies.

The Guerrilla Girls, the anonymous feminist activist group, are another example of how artists focus on issues to expose gender, ethnic bias, and corruption in politics. None of them need to know how to draw. Instead, they find original ways to convey powerful political messages and show their messages in public forums.

They wear gorilla masks and use facts, humor, and outrageous visuals. They have made more than a hundred street projects, from billboards to performance art demonstrations. They are most famous for circulating a poster that said:

“DO WOMEN have to get naked to have a show at the Met?”

You can also change the world by doing one small thing when you have time. Speak up, sign petitions, write letters or sit down with someone who has the power to change things. You don’t have to do much; the point is– that you do something! Even a small thing makes a difference. If each of us did one positive thing, the world would be a better place.

What is art according to the perception of famous people?

Most of us know the feeling of being moved by a work of art, whether a painting or a sculpture, a song, a poem, a play, or a dance. When we are moved, we are touched; and then we are transported to a new place. We become aware of previously unfamiliar things to us, which we didn’t focus on before. I believe that this is one of the primary responsibilities of artists, — to make people feel and become aware.

Changing the World Through Art

Maya Angelou, civil rights activist, trailblazing director, recipient of over 50 honorary degrees, and educator – this poet had an incredible impact on society, especially within the world of poetry.
She was the first African American woman to write a script made into a Hollywood movie, the first female poet to read a poem at a President’s inauguration, and the first female African American to be a cable car conductor.
Her writing tackled race, gender, and life. Her poem ‘Still I Rise’ carries one of the most powerful messages of resilience and strength, which is still relevant today. ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon: With his political phase in full swing, the ex-Beatle hit encouraged humanity to live peacefully as one group. Its message only became more touching after Lennon’s shocking murder in 1980. Today, it continues to be the go-to song for moments of strife and tragedy.

“Imagine” John Lennon

When we think of leaders who make a difference, we may not think of artists, poets, or songwriters as leaders. However, they have shaped cities and communities, influencing people’s feelings for hundreds of years. I started making art when I was six-year-old. My art has shown me another way to communicate.

“Paradise,” Feuerman, Painted at six years old.

In 1979, while I sat at the beach with my three children, I saw a swimmer emerging like a phoenix from the sea with water droplets streaming down her face. This vision took form in creating my first swimmer sculpture, which I named ‘Catalina.’ She appears to all as a proud survivor, strong and beautiful. A fearless woman.

My sketchbook notes

In 1981, inspired by immigrants I saw floating from Cuba into Key West, I made my most iconic swimmer sculpture, a contemplative woman resting peacefully on an inflatable tube. This serene and meditative sculpture, which I called the ‘Survival of Serena’, was exhibited in the 2005 Venice Biennale in Italy. She was re-named Serenissima after the Island of Venice, the Serene Island.

‘Survival of Serena’ in the Venice Biennale

I have used my works to be my voice. Images can speak volumes to people and be very powerful. After 9/11, I turned from my hyperrealistic figurative art and made bronze spheres.

“Still Standing”

In my sculpture ‘Still Standing,’ I show that despite the fragmentation and empty areas representing bombings and violence, we remain one world and are still here!

“Seen But Not Heard”

“Seen But Not Heard” is a sculpture portraying a young girl with her eyes closed and her mouth taped shut. She is bound as if she is not able to be heard. In front of her is a bowl with no food in it.

‘Chrysalis & The World’

My most recent sculpture, ‘Chrysalis & The World’, shows a woman praying for world peace and tolerance in meditation. She is seated on top of a polished stainless-steel sphere representing the world. When the viewer investigates the sphere, they see themselves.

Iiennales join nations together, showing the best of their country’s art. TI has participated in Art Biennales all over the world. His year, I had the honor of exhibiting 10 of my sculptures in the Venice Biennale in Italy. The show called Personal Structures, Crossing Borders, a fitting title, will be visited by more than ½ a million people worldwide. Unfortunately, only 35% of this year’s artists in the exhibition are women. No major international exhibition of contemporary art has achieved gender parity.

What kind of world do you want to live in?

Can you imagine a world without art, a world without creativity?

Art motivates us to transform our thinking into saying and doing. Art is not an exclusive club. You can join in. It’s free. These days, we are focused on achieving materialistic things and making money. Now is the time to focus on making our voices heard.

Each of you can engage in art and claim your place in history. You may not realize it, but when you make a souffle or even an omelet, your choice of what to put into your dish is your creative choice. In a way, you have now become an artist.

At this critical juncture, I believe artists should speak through their work. You’ve all heard the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words, but art is even more than that. Art teaches, heals, and it influences people’s opinions. Art opens cultural borders and helps us get to know each other, transforming our differences.

And why do we love images so much?

Changing the World Through ArtOne side of the human brain dedicates itself to visual processing. Our love of images lies with our cognitive ability to pay attention. Our encounters with art and others over art can help us be more tolerant and identify with one another, expand our notions of who we are, and show us that individual engagement in the world has actual consequences.

Ultimately, each of us must maintain the courage of our convictions to meet the extraordinary challenges that confront our world. As you saw in my work, it’s about survival, balance, courage, and strength. These are the messages that can bring global change. Each of you in this room can appreciate and understand this, and that’s why you are making a difference.

That’s why you are here. You are critical to our survival as a global community. We must start now to change the thinking of the past and speak about the present problems and the infinite possibilities of the future.

The moment we find our voice, we are set free!

As you saw in my work, it is about survival, balance, courage, and strength. These are the messages that can bring global change. They are critical to our survival as a global community. Each of you in this room can appreciate and understand this, and that’s why you are making a difference. That’s why you are here.


Changing the world through art: Art reflects how we see the world, and for many, it is an expression of who we are since it reflects our thoughts, feelings, imaginations, and aspirations. Art’s mission has evolved over the years, taking on a helpful perspective here and a socio-educational one elsewhere. Because philosophers, art historians, and artists cannot agree, we are left with many definitions. Hence, art means using skills and creative imagination to create something influential.

The moment you find your voice, YOU ARE SET FREE! You must start now to change the thinking of the past, and speak about the problems of the present? And the infinite possibilities of the future.

In 2011, I formed Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation to generate excitement, interest, and passion for the arts and inspire and award deserving underrepresented artists with exhibition opportunities, internships, and educational grants for college credit. I invite guest curators for each show. Our next exhibition will be held this spring online. “Art During the Pandemic” will exhibit the work of artists influenced by the pandemic. If you would like to submit your work, send 3 – 5 pgs. of your work to