The idea of beauty is something that has always bewildered me. I have never been able to grasp the idea that beauty has the possibility of determining the life we live, the people that we meet, and the opportunities that we receive. In the words of John Ray an English naturalist “Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” within these words it can be concluded that how beautiful a person is will affect the outcome of their life. However, can beauty be calculated?
When I was sixteen, my family and I visited the Amish country. As we toured the area, I found myself very fascinated or interested in the vast grassland and the citizens pre industrial choice of living style. I see the beauty or significance in the Amish country. In my eyes, its as if we are going back in time to the pre industrial era. But in the eyes of my family it was just another day of buying iteams and touring a different society.
Attraction is the quality or feature that makes someone evoke interest or liking. Most people believe that physique tops the list of attractive qualities in the dating world. But, a survey and a study, there are other qualities men and women constantly search beyond beauty and charms. The definition of attractiveness has eluded science, as mankind keeps on explaining the meaning of beauty.
There are many ways to show your beauty but each person changes throughout life based on what they see. The two major types of beauty are physical and inner beauty. I would like to show the similarities and differences in the way individuals may look at one other. What is the first thing that you see from the opposite sex? The first thing I see about someone is their physical appearance.
As humans, we have the desire to be appreciated and admired by others. Merriam-Webster defines beauty as, “The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.” But the idea of beauty is not one cohesive style or belief. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Different countries and cultures have various beliefs about what is considered to be beautiful..
The Lady and the Merman is a fairytale about a girl who is not loved by her own father. From the moment she was born, he thought of her not as a beautiful gift but rather as a burden. In her father’s mind, she was the burden for which he and his wife would have to carry. He named her Borne to represent his feelings toward the small child. Since he worked as a seaman, he soon left for sea after her birth.
The History of Beauty Umberto Eco raises the question in his work ‘why is the history of beauty documented solely through works of art?’ As Eco states, art is what we are left as examples. As a result, it gives us an insight into beauty standards throughout time and of different cultures around the world. Furthermore, artists ideally strive to create something that is appealing to the eye of the viewer, but also what the artist themselves envisions as beauty.
The jumping off point for this project came when I was reflecting on and reviewing my works and practices to date, trying to locate the question of what it is I wish to express. My work thus far has been interrelated and my voice as an artist is imbued within the corporeal and the formal qualities of the materials. My research and practice lie within the human condition, from the somatic to the many varied psychological landscapes we experience. I explore the question of what it means to be human and our understanding of ‘place’ within the world. Maurice Merleau Ponty’s essay ‘Eye and Mind’ examines how art displays the act of viewing, extending from Martin Heidegger’s Being-in-the-world, ‘The Sense of Being’.
The Beauty of both Romantic Era and Victorian Era The writer Burke describes beauty as “qualities in bodies” which I learn that our bodies gives a sense of joy and pleasure for one another. It is that pleasure and joy we seek are the desires or lust that becomes a “tempestuous passion” (Burke, On the Sublime and Beautiful). Beauty is not just defined as just materialistic, but as the way each connected with creation of once life. Beauty is anything that thrives individual feelings of affection towards which they seeming as beautiful.
Beauty has differed through time, different cultures and perceptions of the world. It’s not easy to define beauty, you could say that there are “a thousand” definitions of beauty. And there are numerous degrees of each. “Beauty depends on the eye of the beholder”.