ART SETS US APART
IT BEAUTIFIES OUR HOMES BUT WHAT ONE LOVES ANOTHER MAY HATE
The infamous Rick Vian said “life without art is stupid.” I tend to agree with this statement, perhaps not that life is stupid as such, but more so that parts of life would be uninteresting and underwhelming.
No artist tolerates reality and I personally appreciate that art will never be bound by limits. The limits are set by the creativity of the artist.
Artwork is personal, intimate, engaging and emotional – the images in this column are taken of my home. Some readers will love it, others will not and for me that alone defines the meaning and purpose of art.
It’s our own visual and emotional attachment, or lack thereof to each individual piece that makes art so unique and special.
Bare walls are monotonous and uninspiring. An interior of plain, run of the
mill furniture and décor is transformed with the addition of art.
The general consensus from consumers is that art is expensive, yet, art can take many forms. Thinking outside the box and spending a little time educating yourself can be beneficial.
Not only does art come in frames and canvas form, but wallpaper, DIY, preloved and hand-painted pieces just to name a few. There is also no limit as to what you can hang on a wall. Art isn’t necessarily flat and rectangular.
In our formal lounge, I envisaged an entire wall with three-meter ceilings covered in art. Considering the number of pieces required, this would be one very expensive exercise.
I spent the best part of 365 days curating a collection of pieces and the wall is now covered in a combination of new, old, upcycled, vintage, international and local pieces. Not to mention the $2 items I picked up from my local op shop, the hand painted oar and my special little grey bug.
Again, this wall of art is not for everyone and that’s where the beauty lies. A minimalist might place one large black and white photograph in their space and feel the same way I do when I lay eyes upon our formal lounge.
For the renters, lean a cluster of art on your buffet to instantly boost the vibe of your lounge room.
Unlike certain other aspects of interior design, options for art are endless and beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.
It’s about visualising your space, researching your style, trusting your instinct and going with your gut. If it feels good, it’s right. For more interior design inspiration, visit www.designbydanni.com