I grew up believing that taste is just a matter of personal preference. Each person has things they like, but no judgement essay examples’s preferences are any better than anyone else’s. There is no such thing as good taste.
Like a lot of things I grew up believing, this turns out to be false, and I’m going to try to explain why. One problem with saying there’s no such thing as good taste is that it also means there’s no such thing as good art. If there were good art, then people who liked it would have better taste than people who didn’t. So if you discard taste, you also have to discard the idea of art being good, and artists being good at making it. It was pulling on that thread that unravelled my childhood faith in relativism. When you’re trying to make things, taste becomes a practical matter. You have to decide what to do next.
Would it make the painting better if I changed that part? If there’s no such thing as better, it doesn’t matter what you do. In fact, it doesn’t matter if you paint at all. You could just go out and buy a ready-made blank canvas.
Yet that doesn’t seem quite right, does it? I think the key to this puzzle is to remember that art has an audience. Art has a purpose, which is to interest its audience. The meaning of “interest” can vary. For example, nearly all humans find human faces engaging. It seems to be wired into us. Babies can recognize faces practically from birth.