Art making is always social. Even if social content is not illustrated, it will be present in the artwork through other means. Artwork is an artificial social object and is a result of available technology, materials, and knowledge about the world and what art is.
A painting surface is a kind of ‘social’ space where forms interact either in unison or opposition to each other. As a metaphor of social activity, forms on a surface are enveloped with feelings, emotions, and developments forward and backwards, up and down clashing or in harmony. Of course, putting all such possible interactions together in one work may result in a chaotic painting.
Often what an author chose to represent is in close connection with issues and ideas of the time. Historical time and social situation may determine how an author uses available themes and break well-known rules and their intensity. For example, today the theme of love and heroism is unimportant. However, the theme of being average, the everyday is being developed. Through chosen themes and how they were expressed – we can learn about ourselves as social body – who we are, what we feel about the world and how we see it.
Art practice is located in context, inside the social body, inside the mutually understood social goal or idea. As human social body we actively alter our environment, world as it is does not need to be imitated anymore. Changing ideas and worldviews usually become more apparent with time. When ideology changes, new art forms emerge.
We understand each other because of what we share in common. Sometimes just an intonation and the sound of a voice is enough to understand the meaning of what was expressed.