Thursday, April 9, 2015

Living With Art: 8


When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.

Living with Art is about showing and seeing art in real life settings. Every Thursday I will be posting a series of images shared by creatives showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces. Each participant is opening the door and inviting us all into their surroundings. Please contact the artist if you would like any information about the pieces on display. If you want to share yours, simply email me an image, a few lines about your artistic aesthetic, and a link to your own online site. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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and here is week 8...


The aesthetic of my home is simple, with a mix of antique and modern decor, laced with natural elements from the outdoors. I'll only display artwork that I absolutely love -- art projects made by my kiddos, some of my own photography, abstracts from a variety of artists including some of my own paintings, yard sale finds, even art from the town's recycling barn, and creatively displayed natural elements like tree branches, a deer skull, wasp nest, and the tangled roots of a sapling. There's a real aesthetic fusion going on, but it seems to work.

This is a piece I made one year in a class with Sue Pelletier at Art is You - Stamford.  My kids pictures are on the house and it is placed above where their backpacks, schoolwork and sports equipment go every day. I love the colorful, happy addition to a place or organization.

I don't possess any art from anyone I don't know personally. For me to live with art in my home, I like to have a strong connection to it via a relationship with its creator - be it a friend or myself. In this way, every piece of art on my walls is sacred and infuses my space with loving energy.

My blog is called QueenPam's Adventures in Creativity because I love trying different things. Altered art, whimsical girls on canvas and paper crafting. I do what feels good and challenges me.

Here's a corner of my office. It shows my vision board with several exotic and patterned fabrics, notes, and gelli prints, tacked onto a cork board. On the walls are my framed illustrations and a sweet little postcard from a thoughtful friend, all the way from Australia. And yes, I use a TV tray as a table for my ink bottles.

Our curated, ever-evolving mantel acts as a stage for friends' art, my art, found objects, natural objects...whatever suits the mood or the season.

I work one-on-one creating art with individuals living with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. The sandcastle was created as a piece for the individuals I work with. It is a model to sketch as we reminisce about the ocean, sand and seashells, while listening to beach music.

11 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

This is a LOVELY look at the what ART
means to each ARTIST!
The ART is meant to be shared and enjoyed = )
Thanks for sharing, Seth!

elle said...

I'm up to my neck busy but had to indulge some art house luv. I 'need' a mantle but I think I'll have to settle for rethinking my stairway wall space. Thanks, Seth!!!

Tonia Jenny said...

It's really great getting to see how others live with art. Thanks for these sneak peeks!

Parabolic Muse said...

Another lovely and intimate set. I love what people say about their displays, and Susan Tuttle is so wonderful.

I especially love mantel art such as Bob Pennycook's.

Thanks, Seth!

Martice Smith II said...

I love seeing how much art + culture people surround themselves with. Each person's space allows us to see in a new perspective. I like to pretend I live in these photos!) Thank you, Seth, for letting me share my space :)

Caterina Giglio said...

again, this is a great series, wonderful individualizations of how to live with art...

BLockHEad said...

Josh Kale, I just LOVE that Sandcastle!

Susan Tuttle said...

What a great idea for a project Seth! It was fun to be a part of it -- thank you! I enjoyed looking at all of the everyday spaces. Very inspiring. :-)

JackieP Neal said...

Wow! What a great set of interiors!! To each the art represented holds different meanings and how wonderful that each contributor has shared with us!
Thanks Seth for bring this to us! xx

Kay Wallace said...

I love these new artful interiors, Seth. I am, however, especially touched by the work of Josh Kale. What a giving project! I worked with patients with memory and movement disorders for many years at MGH in Boston, so am very well aware of the gift he is providing!

Jo Murray said...

as a dyed in the wool voyeur, I'm LOVING these peeks into artists' homes.