Art asks that the viewer respond. It demands (sometimes in a whisper, sometime screaming). It challenges. And if it is demanding and challenging enough it creates a connection between the artist, the viewer, and the work. Art makes us feel wonder, joy, sadness, yearning...
When we purposely make art that seeks to imbue those feeling in others, we create empathy. The result is a world filled with more understanding, more sympathy, more compassion. Art invites healing.