They ask: Why are some people drawn to minimalist architecture and others to the Baroque?
Why are some people excited by bare concrete walls and others by William Morris's floral patterns?
When I came across a quote by Irish playwright and Nobel laureate George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)-- Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable--I wondered how it might connect to the theory in Art As Therapy. Did Shaw need art to balance a jaundiced eye about reality? Considering what the word "reality" represents, I think of how Nature is both gorgeous and raw, bountiful and sere, and how people are both beautiful and ugly of character. But if all we notice is only one extreme or another, then, yes, something is off-kilter.
Questions and Comments:
What are you drawn to in art/literature--excitement, tranquility, piety, freedom, simplicity, complexity, mystery, candor, etc.? What does that tell you about yourself?
If you're an artist/writer, is your own work highly different from what attracts you?