Must all art be the product of great suffering?

Books, literature, music, the fine arts, and film. To be human is to be free to explore these creative processes. Through these mediums and others, humans have expressed their joys, sorrows, fears, and dreams in a self-imposed exile we call the creative process. In this exhibit, we will examine why art is necessary for humans. It offers solace to those who wish to withdraw from the outside world as well as a reason to interact with others, once the work is complete. The question is why art is the chosen method for expression and how the artist draws from their experiences to create something that engages the viewer and comes to be known as art. In each of the novels read this summer session, the authors and characters are themselves searching for a release in some way or another in order to maintain their sanity and to find themselves a place in the world. Art is the great equalizer of the classes, rich or poor. The quality of one's art is based on how much of the artist is felt through a book or a piece of music. Creating this presence is the goal of every artist because the obtainment of this is the attainment of an identity- But must this self-realization always come at the expense of one's happiness?

Welcome, dear Visitor. "I did not know what was going to come from Angela's clarinet... I did not expect the depth, the violence, and the almost intolerable beauty of the disease." (Vonnegut 180)
Kevin Powers' novel is an outlet where he can channel all his frustrations as a soldier through fiction. There are no winners in war, everyone suffers. And afterwards, a plethora of art appears.
Suffering, not as a result of physical injury, but of barriers between people. Bartle's experiences separate him from his home because he can't cope with the mental wall between civilian and soldier.
"This book, being about work, is, by its very nature, about violence-to the spirit as well as to the body." (Terkel)
This is someone's job. Someone has to carry the bodies back, clean them up, and send them back home. Art as a means to truth. And photography as the medium to convey it.
But art also as a fiction, a lie Hiro's Metaverse- a virtual reality. An escape from life when your true situation is too much to bear.
Hiro Protagonist's role as a swordsman comes at a price. Duels can only have one winner and the result of losing is death. But there is an art to swordsmanship, a code of honor, and a mutual respect.
The artist doesn't always suffer. In this work, nature is impeded by man-made structures, just as Vonnegut's book builds up to the destruction of the world due to Dr. Hoenikker's ambitions.
Perhaps the destruction of the temple prompted Tresham preserve its memory. Similarly, in Cat's Cradle, the "end of the world" motivates our hapless narrator to focus on his writings.
Cities are merciless and Poinsonville is no exception. Corruption becomes a practiced art in this city of lies and greed. "It's this damned town... It's poisoned me." (Hammet 157)
The contorted soul of the artist spilled onto a canvas or a sigh of content?
So I ask again Must all art be the product of great suffering? And if the answer is yes, Then we are all artists. So go make some art.
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