I'm looking for a word to describe the complement of "to create art". I'm trying to describe the act of being affected by it, or by "receiving" it. Specifically, I want to fill in the blank for the following sentence:

I want to create art that I also enjoy ___.

So far, the best I have is "consuming". However, I do not like that, as it implies the destruction of the art in the process, which often does not apply. Similarly, I rejected "receiving" as it implies an exchange.

I want to stay away from visually-biased words like "seeing", "viewing", or "observing", as much art is not visual. (Think music, food, etc.)

I struggled with "partaking" for the title; I think it's not at all what I want. It also implies activity; what I want is a bit more passive than that.
"Appreciating" is often used in this context, but I find that very awkward, especially when partnered with it's near-synonym "enjoy". I don't find that it conveys my intent well.
Simply leaving it as "[…] that I also enjoy" isn't ideal either; I want to emphasize the dichotomy with the creation, which is also enjoyable.

Does anyone have any ideas?

  • This is subjective. How could you foresee the type of art you want to consume? Shouldn't you appreciate art that surprises you? Sep 10, 2011 at 7:30
  • I'm really just concerned with the proper English usage, not the reasonableness of the statement. Sep 10, 2011 at 13:50

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What about experiencing? An experience is

an event or occurrence that leaves an impression on someone

So it can describe the act of being moved by any piece of art--be it food, music, visual, or something else.


Generally I think appreciate is used in this context, but without coupling it to "enjoy" since as you mention "appreciate" rather implies enjoyment already.

I want to create art that I also appreciate.

If you are determined to keep the "enjoy" in the sentence, you might say

I want to create art that I also enjoy reveling in.


"Experiencing" seems extremely suitable to me.

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    Agh, 38 seconds after @simchona posted it!
    – Rae
    Sep 9, 2011 at 17:41

I want to create art that I can immerse myself in.

I want to create art that I can engage in.

  • Engaging is really a versatile word. Sep 10, 2011 at 9:30

"Value" may be the type of passive expression you are looking for.

regard something highly: to regard something as important or useful

Though the phrase would be

I want to create art that I also value.

You could also go with

I want to create are that I also find pleasing.

Enjoy is an active word so it will be difficult to enjoy ___ing something passively.


Aesthetically may fit your sentence though I realize it does not answer the question.

  • Actually that does work reasonably well... thanks! Sep 10, 2011 at 14:56

Not exactly on an appropriately exalted plane, considering your question, but the word that came to mind for me was dig.



"Dabbling in an art" seems appropriate, but may be considered slightly deprecating.

  • +1 for "Dabbling". In my opinion, it is indeed (politely) depreciating, and wholly appropriate until mastery.
    – PCARR
    Sep 19, 2015 at 16:24

Perhaps patronize is the word you're searching for.


I could come up with these, but I am not sure if they will fit in.

savour, relish, taste, revel in


Perhaps, "ingest"? It is a little figurative, but I have heard it used often before.

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