Throughout history, artists have strived to find new forms and unconventional mediums to express their artistic voices. Since the 20th century, the fundamentals of traditional art forms have been challenged, and a more progressive movement has arisen amongst artists. Books, magazines, household items, fabrics, and general everyday items have been moulded into artworks, giving birth to the mixed media era, which has reached new heights with technological developments in the past two decades.
The way in which art is created and shared has changed, giving artists for all backgrounds an equal opportunity to innovate and express themselves, and expand to new audience groups. The merging of technology and art has brought about immersive and engaging art pieces, giving a voice to a larger representation of voices that may not otherwise have access to traditional art mediums. Performative art has taken centre stage at art exhibitions, representing an array of stories about tragedy, hope, love, and life, and designed to evoke strong emotions from its audiences. The traditional art market has seen a massive disruption with technologies such as AI, VR, AR, and 3D printers offering a more versatile, expressive, and accessible medium.
The growth of online art platforms has given artists a space to easily promote their work, connect with the artistic community, and reach global audiences. Even the most renowned art museums are embracing this trend, opening virtual access to selected artists and artwork. The digitised access to art and artists has also created a new market for art collectors, and to an extent, taken away the elitism associated with art collection and ownership.
In a new era of creating and consuming art, technology has brought in new ways to innovate, think, and change the aesthetic norms of art pieces. The future of art is certainly going to be intriguing, and will challenge the traditions and boundaries that have kept art isolated.