Who is an Artist? Why do we need them?

Someone asked and I crafted the following response:

Someone with the gift of expression, someone who can take us beyond the obvious, someone who, by sharing with us their unique insight into this world we live in, helps us find meaning where we felt none existed and someone who can find a myriad, imagery-filled ways to throw open the barred windows of our innermost thoughts and desires and behold what we were previously missing.

Their function is to get us in touch with ourselves, peer into our souls, help us reach out beyond the limits we impose on ourselves and break the shackles of convention and dogma that bind us.

That to my mind is an artist.

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