In the words of Thomas M. Alexander:

“Art is not some by-product of experience, a refreshing wayside on the arduous highway of our instrumentalist affairs. It is a the revelation of what experience is all about. For Dewey, the aesthetic haunts each moment as a near or remote possibility. Its absence from experience, not its presence, is what needs to be accounted for.” (60)

Alexander, Thomas M, and John Dewey. John Dewey’s Theory of Art, Experience, and Nature: The Horizons of Feeling. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1987. Print.