Art has the power to transform our experience of the world by challenging our
preconceptions. As explorers, innovators, or seers, artists have the ability
to lead us to worlds unknown. While all artists create art for the purpose of
communication, art critics generally agree that there are generally four
motivations for creating art.
(1) To Document
Long before the evolution of the technologies that we are accustomed to,
artists had the role of recording events of their day. The likenesses of
kings and queens, events on a battlefield, or day-to-day activities in one’s
town or home would need to be recorded/documented to provide an account for future
generations, similar to the motivation of photo and video journalists today.