I've been pondering those sense-of-life things lately (I do that alot, especially after absorbing much carbohydrates) and well, I came to some conclusions, but I'm wondering what yours are.
See, there's a purpose to most of professions. As in, lawyers are supposed to maintain some justice, masons build human's shelters, urbanists plan human's living space, medicine doctors... you get the drill.
But can art affect human lives? And I don't mean affecting the artist's life. I mean, does it affect the viewer? As an artist, you can get inspiration out of someone else's work, but how can ordinary people benefit from art? I don't think I know anyone ( out of non-artists ) who gives second thought to artpieces he sees, they just glance at it, stare if it's particularly impressive, and then move on. Can fine art have such an impact on people that it could push them to make changes in the world around them? Affect decissions they make?
Aren't artists just a bunch of parasites who work for the sole purpose of satisfying their own ambition or at most, give some brief, insignificant visual pleasure?
I am really not trying to insult anyone (duh, I'm trying to be an artist myself) , I'm just questioning if an artist career is a way to satisfy one's selfish ambitions or if it can serve any greater purpose.
What are your reasons behind making art?