Art for life’s sake: Stories that make you stop and think

Whereas the writer uses the shared language of speech, artists use their own self-invented visual language, each story draws out the artist’s idiosyncrasies relating to personal, political and social issues. The past decades of “art for art’s sake” has deemed “narrative art” to be old fashioned, but in recent years we’ve seen a complete revival of storytelling in art. The slogan “art for art’s sake” has become vacuous and unambitious. As a response to the ever-changing technological development and the state of the world, we now crave art for life’s sake. Good storytellers don’t tell you how to think, but give you questions to think upon. The ancient art of telling stories in images has now become wittier, funnier, more contemplative, more psychological and remains a vital tradition.

Humans need stories, we tell ourselves stories in order to live:

tellingastoryTelling a Story by Dave Van Patten from Long Beach, CA

theworldisThe world is ending and I don’t have my male by Javier Puyou from Mexico City

blowup.1Blow-up by Jarek Puczel from Olsztyn

thailandThailand by Julita Malinowska from Warsaw

bloomsburyRelationships of The Bloomsbury Group by Rory Midhani from Berlin

loveaffairTraveling Without Love Affair by Ville Savimaa from Helsinki

amapolaAmapola by Leonor Sanahuja from Madrid

helllabyrinth1Hell Labyrinth by Marc M. Gustà from Barcelona


The Happy Price by Emily Lau from Hong Kong

entrance600Entrance by Haruko Mori from Nagoya

lincolnbicycleDepressed Lincoln and the Bicycle Caravan by Dave Van Patten from Long Beach, CA

marinecuriositiesMarine Curiosities I by Vladimir Stankovic from Odense

Alice Zhang

Alice Zhang

Creative Director at Stew