Philosophy of Legal Art (Continue..)

We all know that children have a great deal of imagination, and are capable of creating all sorts of games with practically anything they can get their hands on. However, once they start school and for at least the next 15 years of their life, they are forced to concentrate on activities that favour development of the left hemisphere.  Development of the right hemisphere, responsible for creativity, is given less priority. In an article published in Scientific American Mind called Unleashing Creativity, Ulrich Kraft explains that we are each born as a powerhouse of creativity. However, our creative momentum is gradually repressed by the standard pedagogical education system. Standard school curricula only teach students the correct path, not the creative path, to a solution.

neurone-240-br2pxThe famous American author Mark Twain said that: “Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned”. Our educational system has always favoured development of the left hemisphere rather than the right hemisphere. Dr. Betty Edwards, author of the book Drawing on the right side of the brain argues that the right-brain is undertrained in our left-brain oriented culture. School examinations and curricula are focused on testing left-brain activities like intellectual, rational and logical reasoning, or grammar, orthography and mathematics.

The brain is like a muscle: the more we use it, the more it develops. We have been trained to think predominantly with our left-brain since childhood. Over time, the left-brain has developed a dominating effect, influencing the way we think. Consider, as analogy, someone who decides to practice weightlifting with only one hand, instead of both, at a very young age. They will eventually become an adult with one hand being much stronger than the other. Every time they have to use their hands, the stronger arm will always dominate the weaker one.

Through my paintings, I want to arouse the logical and analytical faculty of the left hemisphere, while simultaneously making a connection with the artistic right hemisphere. The idea is to produce a painting that can be appreciated by both sides of the brain. The paintings display both beauty and legal meaning: the beauty is intended for the right-brain while the legal meaning is intended for the left-brain. Understanding the legal meaning of the painting while contemplating its beauty triggers a dialogue between the left and right hemispheres.

This dialogue happens because the brain is trying to process two different types of information simultaneously: legal and artistic.

From the Book:


Discover Law Through Art
Connecting Art, Science and Law to Stimulate Creativity