How about art works we would not consider beautiful on its thematic? War, child abuse, social inequality, solitude, madness, corruption, and so on. Why would any artist want to express it? Appreciate it? or enjoy creating works with such theme?
I see the full appreciation of art works are not only on their results but also in their execution. Appreciating shapes, texture, colours but also appreciating the way such shapes, texture and colours were achieved. The artist's tool movement, the artist's hands pressure and some how, the artist's feeling transmitted to the work.
Not that all artists care about enjoy the process itself. There are many who are only interested on finish as soon as possible for the sole final result enjoyment. And those who only appreciate the monetary return. But I would like to talk on an other kind of enjoyment now.
I guess this is what make hand works so special when compared to machinery works, we can feel something special on hand works. Maybe is the rustic characteristic and the memory of old bucolic times, that rustic works may bring to mind.
The more rustic the work look like the more expressive it looks to be. A more real expression that seems to have a stronger and more honest touch on us, instead of the cold and distant expression and appreciation contained in machinery works.
Most people would not be able to tell if they actually feel or see any difference, but I like to think that deep inside they feel it. Otherwise, musician would not waist more money and time playing their expensive and some times big or complicated instrument, they could just play whatever sound they want through a electronic keyboard. We would not have photographers working in darkroom any more, when they could just work their images in front of a computer. Sculptors would not wasting more time on creating figures on rocks, metals or wood, they could just enjoy the benefices of 3D print from a digital work . Painters would forget about the messy, pricey and space they need to store their works when they can just work with digital paint. Isn't it?
There is a fact that many artists still enjoy the hand craft pleasure and appreciation, to touch and feel the actual peace they are work on and there for to a more direct way transfer such appreciation and feelings on the works shapes, texture, colours and so on.
This is why I prefer working with film negatives on darkroom instead on working with digital. Or to play my flute instead of playing a electronic keyboard that makes flute sounds. And even write a letter with my hand sometimes instead of just type it and send a email instead. Because I feel more in touch on the creation and result, appreciating the creation process through the craft, instead of the have the contact of its creation only by a device and maybe the direct contact only on its final result.
And I think this is one of the reason that stimulates me to create, the opportunity to craft.
For those who think this is a rubbish talk, try to hear a grand piano and compare to a electronic keyboard sound. The sound of the real strings vibrating and ring in the piano will make your ears more alive than any electronic sound device.