…BUT I KNOW WHAT I LIKE. You’ll have heard this time-worn phrase repeated time and again. But do you really know what you like? How can you tell?
Some works of art are visually appealing, some are challenging, some are downright ugly. But you might find a basket of kittens too cheesy, and an ugly painting compelling. Just because something’s superficially pretty doesn’t mean you like looking at it. So how are you to tell what’s really in your mind?
By paying attention to your eyes. When you look at something you like, your pupils dilate to let more light in. It’s an involuntary, autonomic response. You can’t control it. But you can feel it happening.
So if you want to know if you like a painting, see what your eyes think.