Art is subjective; at least in my world. Although there are established parameters in which to appreciate and appraise art, any observer will tell you that loving or not loving a piece of art is a gut feeling; and often times hard to describe in actual words.
Whether it’s a painting, sculpture or photograph, I enjoy and employ art in a variety of ways. As a designer, it’s the perfect way to inspire a space in the beginning of a design or to bring the entire room together in the end. As a student of life, however, it’s a potential cue as to someone’s true self; revealing a hidden nuance longing to emerge.
One of my first pieces of original art was acquired in Soho in 1996. Seen above, it’s called ‘Quiet Room II’ by Michael Babyak.
When I first met the struggling artist, I instantly felt a kindred spirit. More than willing to pay $150 for an original work, only recently did I discover that Michael hails from my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio and that we both uprooted ourselves in pursuit of our artistic endeavors. Turns out, Michael has done quite well for himself.
After 25 years of acquiring other works of art, ‘Quite Room II’ continues to speak to me always reminding me of a place I call home. Not the physical structure that Eddie and I inhabit but rather the spiritual place; free of time and space and all of life’s distractions where only I reside. It is here that I am infinitely calm and laser clear about what’s important to me and where courage avails itself in complete and utter abundance.
If you’re interested in discovering this place I call ‘home’ for yourself, check out Chapter 1 of my book Take the U Out of Clutter where I talk about the ‘Inner U’ as a foundation for living clutter-free. It’s a place to dwell and manifest in what’s possible for your life and in your home.
Point being; our choice in art resonates on so many levels. It can speak loudly about our love of a certain subject matter or whisper softly about our unspoken dreams or ambitions. Regardless, choice in art is different for everyone yet shows that everyone is uniquely different.
So I’m curious, after viewing all of the art in your home, what would title would you give to the name of the exhibit? One phrase that would sum up all of your art and what it ultimately means to you?
At first, a lot of different titles may come into frame, but in the end, only one will be as original as you.
I’d love to hear your answer in the comments below.
Until next time…