Inside 'Why Art?' by Eleanor Davis
Davis showcases versatility in using a multitude of intricate styles to dissect art itself. 'Why Art?' never trips over itself, quickly making Davis' questions of 'art as a force' ones that you are invested in exploring alongside her.
'Why Art?' references many questions that have been asked, brings many new ones to light and if you are coming to this book trying to find a new understanding of art, you will find it, although it might not be what you expect. This book is truly art as Eleanor Davis sees it. It's absolutely cartooning, pulled away from standard narratives - although there are stories to be found in 'Why Art?'. Stories about Dolores the performance artist, Richard who makes delicate art with paper, the storm that overtakes the gallery and washes it all away. It's a complex book, evolving further and further as you turn the pages, in a way that does not go away even after you've read the book a few times. Davis' topsy turvy world is beautiful and hopeful and feels possible through the characters that spring up and become real developed personalities in just a few pages.