Art is an extension of human emotion. When it’s done right, it is simultaneously an expression and a discussion of all the swirling, wonderful passions that can inhabit a human soul.
Art is how one can safely exercise one’s emotions when it is not polite or kind or acceptable to do so in front of others. When you have emotions that must be conveyed— be they dark or light: art is the way to reveal them.
If you have ever felt overwhelmed by your emotions — too much joy, too much mirth, too much sadness, too much anger, enough tears to fill a sea , lusts that must be slaked— then you must find an art that works for you.
We are never explicitly or consciously taught what to do with our feelings. The answer is: make art. This is a fundamental element of art, and the creation of art, and it is missing from our arts educations almost entirely.
Don’t overeat, or abuse alcohol or drugs, or indulge in any of the other myriad of ways one can abuse one’s body. Instead, you must turn to art. Take all your emotions and make art for art’s sake. This is what art is for.
This is art’s purpose.