What is art? Is it an expression of emotion by the artist? Is it the evocation of emotion in the viewer? Is it made to be art simply by being so named? Is it a purely human construct?
This week, for our skeptical critique, we look at the work of Kamala. Kamala is a thirty-five year old mother of two. She emigrated to Canada in 1976 from Sri-Lanka and has in recent years become one of Canada’s most famous painters. Also, she’s an elephant.
Is there any meaning or value in these creations? Is it art? Is it simply taking advantage of a trained behavior for fund-raising? Could they hold meaning to Kamala?
The ART Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab community. Look for it to appear Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm ET.