Thought is thought, color is color, sound is sound. Each becomes recognizable also as art when a secondary awareness, one tuned toward shapeliness, movement, and intention, enters in. The forms we experience as “art” balance between the stilled familiarity of established knowledge and the fluidity of the creative mind at play.
Art’s desire is not to convey the already established but to transform the life that takes place within its presence.
– Jane Hirshfield from Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World