Let’s be honest, Art is a highly subjective. Somehow though, “experts”, collectors, and curators have emerged and dominated the industry. They decide who and what is Art. Decisions such as which pieces belong in galleries and museums, the art’s value and it’s quality are made by these few “experts.” Their decisions become our assumptions and eventually our opinion, and worse even more, they become fact! Finally today, the fact is that you can become that “expert” yourself. Anyone can be the art aficionado of their community, friends, family, and most importantly your own home! Art is whatever moves you emotionally, not what others tell you to feel. Beginning to buy and eventually collecting Art is still daunting, even if you’ve now owned your emotional opinions. There are some easy steps to bring your heart and your head together.
1. Start with one room of your home, apartment, etc. Trying to plan for your whole space is over whelming and frankly anal. Each room- the kitchen, living room, bedrooms, baths serve different functions and therefore emit different and purposeful emotions. For example, your bedroom is where you relax, sleep, read so a piece that is possibly more calming would be accommodating. Versus the kitchen where there is undoubtedly more activity and socialization so a bigger and brighter piece might be more suitable.
2. Placement is not permanent. Think how you change out your wardrobe during the seasons- the types of materials, colors, and quantity vary from summer to winter. Your Artwork can do that to. Removing the enormous weight of permanence has allowed your decision of which piece to purchase to lose 100lbs. Knowing that you have the opportunity and element of choice in the future to interchange, swap, or even sell what you buy today is freeing.
3. Don’t worry what others think. Remember Art is subjective. That means every single person that walks through your door will be emotionally affected differently from you. Also, the meaning of the piece could even change for you in the future! Assure yourself of why you like the piece- the subject matter, the colors, the technique, the style, the artist, etc. Art should be fun and I hope it can be fun for you too!