The word art, as I understand it, comes from the Sanskrit word Rta that comes from the Rig Veda, the first writings of Vedic philosophies. The word means the dynamic process by which the whole cosmos continues to be created virtuously. That continual diversification and expansion of energy- in Hindu Vedic philosophies this is typified by Shiva Nataraja. It’s lord Shiva doing the dance of creation and destruction. It’s the two things, and they come together constantly. It’s interesting that in European translations of the Chinese, we’ve got Yin and Yang, separating male and female, but it’s not, it’s YinYang- resolving the difference. They’re not separate, they come together, always.
David Haley, «Along Ecological Lines: Contemporary Art and Climate Crisis»