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Do you believe that art can fundamentally change your sense of who you are?

83%
86,766 deviants said Yes
14%
14,516 deviants said No
3%
2,923 deviants said Other (please comment)


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:iconi-am-legion-now:
I-Am-Legion-Now Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Art is the vehicle we use to project that sense of who we are and it doesn't change the essence of our being (noun or verb).
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XxXionChanXxX Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it only can if you let it. The only power things have over you is the kind that you give. If you're not weakwilled, or if you don't want it to change you, it can't, or, in a more open way, it can't have such a strong influence as it otherwise may have. 
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ShadowTamer5000 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Art CAN change you, but I only see it effective if you show your own to others to be critiqued, or if you're inspired by others' art styles.
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Verve91 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have very little sense of identity whether I'm making art or not, so for me no, but for other people I guess it could work both ways, their art may just be a reflection on themselves, or they may learn something about themselves through a happy accident.
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Lady-Ceridwen Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, I believe that it depends. I guess that what I mean is, is that art can help you discover another part of yourself, but not change you. Your art can change because of you, but not vise-versa
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Maxi-Moran Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Yes, it showed me I'm not an f'ing artist.
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NightmareMJ Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014   Digital Artist
It is also a fascinating tidbit of data to see that the majority of people on art sites have this view point(of confusion of terms/definitions?) and reveals a great deal about the mental conditioning or quirks that cause artists to be who they are. It is also incredibly disturbing as it might mean a complete shift (perhaps in artistic ability as well) if their illusory viewpoint was suddenly shattered by reality. It is also shocking that the phrasing of such a poll and its respondents answers reveal so much about subjective dangerous of enlightenment(and the willful anti-pursuit of it).
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:iconnightmaremj:
NightmareMJ Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014   Digital Artist
Absolutely never fundamentally. But subjectively or otherwise dynamically? Yes, it can. But Fundamentally? No never: because art is subjective.
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rikkilee-robertson Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It depends. If the person is emotionally attached to a character, setting, plot, idea, moral etc, then most likely. People have a tendency to sub-consciously idolize other things. For example, with my writing, I can't say that Rowan or Ky from 'Angels vs Demons' changed my sense of who I am. However, I can say that some of my writing, not seen here on DeviantART has. Because I'm emotionally attached to those characters. It's the same with games and the art within them. If I become attached to a character, whether it be a villain or a hero, then I may pick up a few behavioural habits of that character. When we sub-consciously idolize what we see or become attached to we also tend to sub-consciously pick-up those behaviours. However these sub-conscious tendencies are not found in everyone and it truly varies, quite a lot, I have seen it in my friends and even people I meet online or out in the street. 

Also, if we don't fully change our sense of our selves and change behaviour, we will certainly question it. All depends on what kind of life you live, what you had, what you do in your spare time. Gamers, writers, painters, enthusiast readers, inventors, drawers, photographers and any other artist/enthusiast you can think of will have a higher chance of the sub-conscious tendencies, or change in general to someone who spends less time being artistic, relaxed, gaming and more time working, stressing and worrying. 

However like I said, it all depends. You could do it sub-consciously, you might not, are you emotionally attached to something about that art whatever it may be? Are you more creative, relaxed, gamer-ish, an enthusiast? Or are you the opposite? Serious, leaning more towards work? Think about it and then develop an answer. The mind is easily influenced, but hard to notice itself being influenced until pointed out.
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MoskusAS Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I rather depends on the person, the art, the setting and several other factors. The one thing that really makes this question, is the definition of art... as there is (as far as I know) no true definition. For example, I think some games are art, but others are not. In both cases they have changed me in some way, some more than others. 
So would I say that "Art can fundamentally change your sense of who you are?"
Yes, No and Maybe
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moonmansheep Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
The Very Basic translation is Even if it's Beautiful or horrible Art can change Your LIFE
In the smallest way that you don't even know it yet and a few years later You look back
And say "So that's where it started"
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ACARISEN Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student
Art itself main be there to open minds though it is what speaks to a person and if they dare to let it form inside them to take form.
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think art can help the artist and the viewer better understand who they are by taking what is inside and putting it on the outside.
This gives a certain window of understanding for those that care to stop, look, and contemplate.
It's easy to over-analyze, but it's also too easy to dismiss the impact of art.
Art can express joy and/or sorrow. Maybe someone out there needs that pick me up. Maybe for another it alleviates the pain.
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Ace-master0 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student General Artist
If you have talent and express yourself through it
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PsychoSkellington Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it depends. Some people take their art seriously and express themselves through it. Then there are others, people who just create things just because they are bored, or really just because. There are sometimes deeper meanings behind something you created and then there are pointless things. So really it all depends.
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TerraKovavich Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
In a way yes, and in a way no, just because someone draws doesn't mean that it changes who they are.
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XtarteXflambeeX Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist
For me art is like psychotherapy. In times when I'm not being myself I do art to get my personality back. Art also helps me to find new attitudes in life. Art is like an ointment to my soul. And every time when appyling the ointment on the delicate soul, it grows and becomes stronger. I think art supports the sense of who you are.
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Sechmet5 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014
I voted "no" though it's not that black and white. I don't think that art can fundamentally change you, but I believe that it can show you what your fundaments are.
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moonmansheep Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Think Again!
your avatar R2' if you like star wars a lot
then Art has changed your life ART does't have to be a painting for It to make an impact on your life.
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Sechmet5 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
There's "fundamentally change" in the question. The fact that I like something doesn't mean that my fundaments have changed. Off course that all art can have impact on my life. Everything changes us. I'm not even the same person I was this morning. Neither are you. 

You know, you can paint your walls, you can put posters on them, you can even break some walls and the house will still stand if you don't break the bearing system. The house is different, but the fundaments are still the same. 
But just because you live in the house doesn't mean you automatically know which walls are bearing walls. You learn that when you need it.

I understand the words "fundamentally change you" as changing something you believe in. I think it's possible, but highly unlikely. If that happens, it's more likely that the beliefs weren't really that fundamental. We grow as people. Art can help us with that growth, it can help us learn things we didn't know about ourselves. But I believe that it very rarely changes the most important parts of who we are. ¨

Alergies don't change who we are either, they just tell us that we don't work so well near that plant.

(I'm sorry if my similes are a bit blurry, it's half past midnight here)
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Theseus232 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Well for an artwork to change a sense of who I am it'll have to be something that opens my soul. And if not then it'll only show me the creativity of the artist or photographer, painter, etc.  but it won't change me.
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Boran-Tatli Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Photographer
I reckon art can, because the type of art you like or favour over others can depict who you are, but mostly if you are able to look at a painting, or photograph, and say and feel it. By that I mean be able to look at it and say what you think it depicts in your eyes, and tell the overall 'mood' of the painting. . (This is not the case for some people)
Sorry if it got a little deep there =D
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BlightTheKnight Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i got popular at school because kids liked my drawings, i used to be rather distant  and now im friendly.
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mininalover Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Writer
Yes that's what i think
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Hulgafus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Absolutely! Especially if you count genetically engineered viruses that can turn people into a zombie or swan as art!
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LeiLaniOtter Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Writer
I do not think it is art that changes us into the people we become.

It is culture. ^^
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Hulgafus Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Isn't art a part of said culture?
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Alessio-Saturno Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014   Digital Artist
Why are there these pointless polls? You can be a ridicolously great artist, but if you are a creepy moron, you stay a creepy moron.
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ZIDO15 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
to anybody in a trouble I can say that THERE IS NO WAY that you can't change your life or maybe there is no need to change it at all.
There must be something that you're missing or finally doesn't depend of you.

It surely must be one of these to fix.


-you're not patient enough to wait for your art or other actions to get ripe.
-there are some people or other circumstances of the surrounding environment that slow down your development.
-you could get wrong impressions from visual concepts that are presented in a wrong way or do not match your likes disturbing your senses.
-you are doing something wrong.
-you didn't take in attention something important yet or you have no knowledge how to do something in a quality way.
-you aren't putting enough effort or sloth.
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HystericalScientest Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Art, at it's bare meaning, is a expression of ones emotions, feelings, and viewpoint. It is these that we see depicted through art, and how we depict them is how they effect us. They might string together a sad tail, making us lament others pain, and be thankful for what we have. It also might share a story of love, giving us hope for others, or maybe jealous of them. Art can change your view of your self, for better or for worse, as when we look and ponder what inspired the piece, we also think about ourselves and what we feel. Art is see the world through another's eyes.
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PakdeMatt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I dont know if it change me or not, but i know it can make me happy when i can finish my works and moreover people like it and smile. But it can make me mad if im stuck and dont know how to do next.
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QuietOne1973 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I don't think it can change who we are, but it can change how we view ourselves and lift out spirits as well as darken them, depending on the subject matter.
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StretchTagger Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
this is going to sound really pedantic but every single little thing changes you 
every person you try to ignore 
they all have an effect and even if you forget them they had that effect to push you this way or that
art has this same effect because it makes you think different things it releases emotion and it is a passing of time
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QuietOne1973 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
This is my point.  While I don't think art changes us directly,
it can change how we view ourselves and interpret different
things and ideas.  Which, I guess, in effect, does change us
indirectly.  But from a pure semantics perspective I don't believe
it does  I guess its can be argued back and forth like philosophical
views.
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StretchTagger Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
yea i guess that difference in interpretation brings us full circle right back to art
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awsomness111 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I think the subject matter of the art is the most likely to affect someone's sense of who they are.
(It depends on the subject/focused depiction.)
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Kurk44 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I usually don't like to get over dramatic about art, but I like to think that a proper understanding of art (one that only an artist could have) opens your minds to whole new ideas. You have art when your alone or in a crowded room. You have it when your angry or sad or happy or just bored. I always have my art with me and I think that's changed how I am and reminds me of how I used to be.
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LoveberryCake Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
It depends on how serious you are about art.
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Gondracorn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
No. Simply no. Art has made me realize nothing. Only that I am a bad artist and I have no way to improve. It has been this way for 12 years, and my art is still the same...

I generally hate my art now. It's so... the same.

I think the problem is no one cares to teach me.
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StretchTagger Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
you don't need teaching you need to keep going
that's how you improve if you don't know that after 12 years then you only did those 3 pieces in those 12 years
also it really seems to me that your only trying to get attention
if you really are depressed and suicidal then im sorry but putting it on here wont help you
if your a teenager i can honestly tell you just hang on and that depression will pass
i have been doing art for 13 years im 18 and its helped me through some of the hardest times of my life
since i was 5 i have improved i would say
just look at you work and think about it
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Gondracorn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
I'm still depressed, even now, and my previous pictures, including many I haven't uploaded, are still the exact same style... And I don't know any other.
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Gondracorn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Even those tutorials, videos, and such don't help
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:iconzive:
zive Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Art changes the way people see the world whether they realize it or not.  Art is everywhere, from company logos to how your sink is aesthetically designed.  Humans are naturally visual creatures and they enjoy looking at beautiful things.  Art is a form of human expression.  It is a form of human love and pain, the trials of life and the inevitability of death.  It’s used for propaganda, it’s used for pleasure and it’s used for everyday practicalities. 

Art is the manifestation of a species that is self-aware and trying to understand its place in the universe.

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Gondracorn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
What about people who draw art but can't get any better, and draw what is simply "On their mind", and at the same time, their art is crap to others, and now to themselves?
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zive Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't draw for other people, draw for yourself.
I can't sing very well, even though I love to.  I do it for me.

Your art is a window into who you are, there doesn't have to be reason, talent or message behind it.  It's just simply a part of you.
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Gondracorn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I do it for myself to. But now I'm sick of it because it doesn't improve and it all looks the same
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:iconzive:
zive Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, I've never been a great artist myself.  There have been times when I've taken a break from drawing for three or four years.

Do what you love. :)
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Gondracorn Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I love art. But now I do not. I'm a lost soul without a desire.
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:iconzive:
zive Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes simply appreciation is the greatest form of love.  It seems that many people on this world are lost because they feel they don't have tangible talents, but that's simply untrue.  If you let negative feelings about yourself cloud up your potential then you will never know what you'll become.
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Gondracorn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
Not true. I used to have positive inspect on that I could improve. But I never did. And I still don't.
I can't really blame it on my disability that narrows my creative ability, not imaginative ability, but it all seems to point there.

Also, if you could see my imagination, you would be surprised what I am imagining when I draw. It's just... I don't know how to draw it.
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