We humans usually add to our spaces. We decorate, paint, adorn, fix up, embellish and generally manipulate our environment to make it more fun to look at and live in. (I think a few birds and the occasional puppy do the same.) So, what’s the deal with that? Why do we do it? It goes waaaay back to painting in caves and wearing feathers in our hair. We humans live with art.
I know I certainly do. I make art, so you know it’s always cluttering up the place in various stages of development… but I gather it everywhere I go, too. Then I decorate my studio with it. It makes me happy.
So how do you live with your art? I asked the minions (those friends and family members without whom I could not function)… “hey Minions,” I asked, “how do you live with your art?”
My son, Ray (Minion-of-Books) is a cartoonists, so his world is mostly action figures and Tardises (Tardi?) and comic art. His living space is very geek-friendly.
Daughter Alexis (Minion-of-eBlathers) is a geek too, so most of the art she lives with is fan-friendly posters and pop culture fun stuff. It’s easy for many of us to overlook the quality of the art that goes into these pieces, since they often have a large commercial angle – movie posters, collectables and merchandise – but I’ve looked all around the walls of her lair, and I have to say, I’m impressed. It’s absolutely art and it makes a wonderful living space.
MC (Admin-Minion) is just in the beginning stages of embellishing their world after a recent move, but the load-bearing prints are up, with more to follow soon.
4 out of 5 doctors agree, living with art is good for your heart!
So how do you live with art? Are your interesting things in a box in the closet or in a drawer out of sight? (I still have some art stored away, but it’s my goal to get all the art out and on view before the year is over. I’ll keep ya posted!)