How to own one piece of art

So you want to simplify your life? Start by doing what that guy on Regis and Kelly did: throw everything out. But you really, really love art. What’s a person to do?

The framing profession tends to appeal to pack-rats. Framers tend to save what would otherwise be useless objects (I mean, that scratched-up piece of plexiglass could turn into next year’s Christmas gift!). However, we also need to streamline our lifestyle so that we can be effective and conscientious workers. That goes for anyone, regardless of your profession. How can you combine an appreciation for art while reducing your stress and impact on the planet?

Let’s use one of those Tumbleweed houses to illustrate. Here’s a view of the whole interior – the front door (on the right) to the back of the house. The only thing missing is where the photo was taken from, the loft/attic which is all bed. Imagine how you’d incorporate art – music, books, photos, etc. – into your life if you lived here.There are many answers to that question – one could live an artistic life or practice the arts or attend events such as concerts and gallery openings. But for our purposes, we’ll focus on actual possessions.

Some solutions are easy. A laptop could hold thousands of songs. A couple of nice coffeetable art books could contain hundreds of paintings. But that’s when we begin to see that perhaps true value lies in the single object. Because it is a single piece of art that is likely the one you are personally connected to. That original CD you discovered in a used music store. Or that sculpted clay figurine your father gave you. If there isn’t room (or time, or money) for lots of art in your life, then you’d have to make a judgement call. You’d have to evaluate what makes such an item important, or valuable to you. And the items you’d choose would take on a different role than if they were in a 3 bedroom house.

If you had to own only one of the art items in your home, whether it was a postcard, needlepoint, etching, etc, what would it be?

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  • Laurie  On March 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    It’s so hard to pick just one! But even asking the question makes me realize that there are some things I could part with and other that I treasure.

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