Art can be a way of expressing oneself. It can also be used to communicate with others. According to what I have learned, art can be used to express feelings, thoughts, and even your personality.
How do you express your feelings through art? Based from what I have understood, you can express your feelings through art by performing or creating one. For example, you painted a painting while you are mad, most probably, you will paint a painting which has heavier strokes. And the image you will paint would definitely manifest your feelings.
The same goes for thoughts. You can express your thoughts by, also, performing or making an art. For example you wrote a poem. That poem will tell the readers that you have this thought of yours that you want to express to them.
Your personality also shows on the art you are making. For example, you are to design your room. The appliances the amenities that you will place there, including the decors and color choice, will represent who you are, what is your religion, etc.
So how is arts used in communication? Since you can express your feelings, thoughts, emotion, personality, and many other ways. Through art, it also means you are communicating yourself to others, through the art you have made. Because expressing oneself is also communicating to others.
For example, a play which goal is to embed the importance of family, you can communicate to the hearts of the audience that “family is important.” For a more understandable example, the famous novels of our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, the Noli Me Tangere and the El Filibusterismo, these books revealed the cruelness and wrong doings of the Spaniards to our country and our people. Dr. Jose Rizal communicated with the hearts of the Filipinos by just writing a book, which is also an art.
But there is something called the audience’s perspective. It is the perspective or the view or the interpretation of the audience to the art you have made. Every person has their own interpretation or understanding on an art they see. The audience’s interpretation of the art can most likely differ to the real intention or meaning of the artist. For example, when a negativist sees an art, he would definitely and most probably think of the negative meaning of the art.
The audience’s perspective should not affect the real meaning of the art or the true personality of the artist. Never change because of the judgment of other people. Because I too believe in the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover.” They just saw a part of me, and not “me.” Although most of the time, you are responsible of what people understand to your statement, not what you meant.