We need art just as we need food. Yes, art is unnecessary. It is “everything you don’t have to do,” as Brian Eno put it. But it's also the fuel that powers emotions and deeper thinking.
“Music is, to me, proof of the existence of God. It is so extraordinarily full of magic, and in tough times of my life I can listen to music and it makes such a difference.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
Alter an image, modify a sound. It doesn't matter if the visual or the audible illustrate irreality. For the maker and the viewer, art offers an exit out of happiness.
Inspiration is stimuli
Art helps drive human progress. It is a snapshot in time, illustrating the context and habits of now and yesterday. Cinemagraphs of waves reminds us that water controls the Earth. Images of loose plastic remind us not to dump problems on tomorrow.
Art reminds us to slow down, to compel ourselves to see the beauty of what's already there. So obsessed with innovation, especially in the chase of ephemeral pixels, it's easy to forget how we had it before. We must build responsibly.
“Another flaw in human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Stylization is inessential. But it drives culture. It ensures the durability of both uniqueness and artifice.