Perceptions of Beauty
|First Name||Michael John|
|Supervisor Name||Professor Dorotha Lemeh|
|University||Florida Atlantic University|
|Keywords||Historically, philosophers, poets, artists, scientists,|
Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder? Historically, philosophers, poets, artists, and scientists have striven to define and express one of the most complex words in the English language: beauty. In contemporary society we tend to casually ascribe the word beauty to many various objects, paintings, sounds, and ideas. Its meaning can adhere to a stone, to the oscillating waves of an ocean, to the nonorganic as to the organic. Perceptions of Beauty is a project that follows my journey as an artist and how my perception of beauty has changed over the past four years. Using examples from select artists, philosophers, and scientific studies, I will contend that beauty is not “in the eye of the beholder,” but is a complex and formulated characteristic that inspires not only an emotional response, but evokes mechanisms that defy our understanding of ourselves.