Updated: May 11
I am not sure exactly how many weeks we are into this pandemic, but I sincerely hope that everyone is safe, taking care of their minds, bodies, and souls. Isolation can wreak havic on the mind, don't let it. Be strong, have courage.
I thought that I would be writing much more frequently here, but time is passing quickly and everyday is bleeding into the next. The studio actually has been quite active, with me only, but quite active none the less. Much to my pleasant surprise, people are buying art. I wouldn't have thought this possible in the beginning of the pandemic because the economy took an immediate hit, but still, people are realizing that they, in fact, need art.
Your Home is Your Temple!
This can't be more of a true statement than now. This actually was said to me many years ago by a collector and, unfortunately, I took it lightly, but not lightly enough that I am now able to recall this moment like it was yesterday.
You are in your homes consistently, regularly, day in, day out, hour after hour, and we don't know when it will end. I don't believe that anyone ever anticipated this much time in their home. And yet, this is what most are working for, to put the roof over the head and the food on the table. Here it is, the home that you created, it is now, more than ever, your fortress, your refuge, your protector, your comforter, your temple.
How does it feel?
It is very normal that most of us worry about interior design, about what we choose in our homes to communicate who we are to the world. Most objects in a home are carefully thought out, especially those of a practical matter. The couch, its comfort level and seating capacity, the durability of a dining table, the plushness of a rug. These objects all serve both as function and aesthetic.
But the walls? The objects on the coffee table and the shelves in the bedroom? The empty corner in the large living room? What will go there?
Here is where I speak intensely on the intrinsic value of art to ones home. Art has a brilliant capacity to help us understand ourselves, and then to communicate who we are to others. It is difficult for us to understand how aesthetic things can be repositioned to reveal the deeper psychology of ourselves.
For those that have art in their home, what does it really say to you? About you? Does it remind you of long gone memory that brings you joy, sorrow, or a space in between? Does it bring the feeling of hope in a time that you experience as turbulent? Does it balance some frailty inside yourself that you didn't realize, or doesn't simply balance the aesthetic of your home? Did you grow from the art, did you awaken to a part of you didn't realize and feel a new perspective on yourself? Or on the world? Did you get challenged by the art, or simply did you want to beautify your home?
And for those of you that don't have art in your home, you can ask similar questions. Do I need balance in my space or in my psyche, do I need relief and joy, do I need something that touches my heart, or do I need something that reminds me of hope and beauty? Do I need something nostalgic to remind me of a time past? What is missing? What needs to wake up?
Ask these questions of your home, of yourself, and art can fill in the blanks. The most beautiful aspect of art in your home is that it is not practical, it is MAGICAL. You don't walk, sleep, or sit on it. It's there only for you. It is transformative for you and all that see it. It adds curiosity, love, conversation, discovery, contemplation, memories, perspectives, opinions, fears, joy, a deep piece of you to any space and to anyone that is in its attendance. It is so much more than something to fill an empty space.
I know that this may seem like a sales pitch, maybe it is, and maybe it isn't. But it is something we may all want to think about as we sit in our temples. This is, in fact, a perfect time to explore art, to discover what pulls you, why it pulls you, and does it fill in any blanks in the heart and the wall.
The internet is exploding with brilliant artists everywhere. Just type local artist and there will be plenty to choose from. You can buy online directly, or contact the artist himself/herself and have a beautiful piece made for your home, and you never have to leave! FaceTime and UPS, you can have a masterpiece in no time!
At least take a look, I mean, what else are you going to do? 😏
Everyone be safe, sanitized, and solaced..much love to you all.