Love and Art

Modern artists dwell on the idea of love, aiming to express their perspectives and distill their experiences within the art they produce. Literature, photography, music, dance and fine art all attempt to address the romanticist understanding of love. Pop music often emphasises the emotions associated with longing for a loved one or the desolation felt in their absence. They highlight the connections felt between people, both physical and emotional. The expression of intimate experiences ultimately allow the audience to feel privileged as they are invited into the personal love life of the artist.

A cliche example is that of Taylor Swift. Known for writing about past boyfriends and potential love interests, Taylor expresses her anguish in the form of catchy melodies and lyrical compositions. Although ridiculed, this trend was alive way before the time of Swift manifesting itself within art in all its various forms.

The 1995 hit ‘Wonderwall’ by British pop band, Oasis, has been a favourite of many people including myself since its release. The song expresses an intense aura of lust and longing for a particular love interest. Lead songwriter, Noel Gallagher, notes that the song is also an expression of adoration to the bands’ predecessors, The Beatles, thus, introducing the concept of love as an expression presented through music. In another sense, a romanticist perspective of love is also evident through the lyrical composition of the song as it appears to be an ode to the writers significant other. Whilst Meg Matthews remains the object of influence for the song, it is left quite open to interpretation and thus is continually used as reference for many establishing couples.

The term ‘Wonderwall’ as stated by lead singer Liam Gallagher can be anything. He compares it to the sensation of finding a once-lost bus ticket and the relief experienced upon it’s retrieval. In many other analysis’ the song and the term itself refer to someone in your life who is a mere object of infatuation; the initial stages of a crush when they occupy every inch of your mind. This is the understanding of love as euphoric yet agonising which can be seen as a teenage or blatantly immature perception of the capacity of love.

As a young adult myself, I can definitely relate to the idea of looking to music as an escape from real life, seeking a sort of consolation within the words of others. I believe it can be healthy to forget your own problems and just enjoy art for it’s primary purpose of entertainment. Doing this, however, allows you to surround yourself with the idea that the feelings you’re experiencing are normal and will eventually subside, whilst providing comfort in times of agony such as of brokenhearted-ness. I also think that young adults at their most vulnerable stage require an outlet to express themselves and their emotions. In many cases, an unwillingness or tactile inability to do so is replaced by basking in the expressions of others. This is equally as effective and ultimately provides the audience base for those who make a living through expressing love in their chosen art-form.




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