Over the last year, I've been curating a collection of art for my own inspiration. A piece here, a piece there. None with a decorative purpose - just following my heart's desire and grabbing those that move me (and that I can afford). Slowly, methodically they've been framed and hung. There are odd pairings and quirky bits, sentimental pieces and show-stoppers. It is nearly done. Nearly. What I wasn't prepared for was how much these pieces impact my day-to-day life. Walking into a room with something wonderful on the wall (or a couple of walls) elevates my mood and changes the energy in the space - I feel a little boost of joy when I catch one out of the corner of my eye.
As an artist, I hear a lot of industry talk about art being a non-necessity - that people won't buy it during troublesome times, that it is a luxury item and so on. And perhaps, for some, it is so. But through my own collecting I am experiencing the opposite: art is more necessary during dark days and uncertainty. It brings a feeling of hope and limitlessness, adventure and possibility.
And so I am curious, dear reader! What impact (if any) does the art on your walls have on you? Are there pieces you treasure and why? Leave a comment below. One of you will be selected at random to receive a small piece of my art. Let's deck the walls!
Jen Walls and her imaJENation