Art as the word is used today includes things that mostly appeal to the eyes and brain. Paintings, sculpture literature, music, dance and drama. Plays and movies are part of drama.
People have five senses: eyes, skin, ears, tongue, and nose which provide sight, touch, sound, taste and smell. Those five senses give rise to artistic things. Mostly though art is perceived by the eyes.
Ayn Rand wrote: “Art is a selective re-creation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value-judgments. Man’s profound need of art lies in the fact that his cognitive faculty is conceptual, i.e., that he acquires knowledge by means of abstractions, and needs the power to bring his widest metaphysical abstractions into his immediate, perceptual awareness. Art fulfills this need: by means of a selective re-creation, it concretizes man’s fundamental view of himself and of existence. It tells man, in effect, which aspects of his experience are to be regarded as essential, significant, important. In this sense, art teaches man how to use his consciousness. It conditions or stylizes man’s consciousness by conveying to him a certain way of looking at existence.”
Make sense to you? Unfortunately it goes over the heads of most people. Unfortunate because art serves a basic, fundamental need of a person. Art of course comes after food, shelter, and clothing. but since thought is the product of the intellect and art appeals to the intellect, the need for art is fundamental to the intellect and the state of the intellect determines the sense of life an individual has therefore art has a profound effect on the psychological happiness of an individual.
“. . . engaging with a good work of art can connect you to your senses, body, and mind. It can make the world felt. And this felt feeling may spur thinking, engagement, and even action.” Olafur Eliasson.
That’s the reason for your emotional reaction to the flag. ”