In this edition of home & heART, Oxonian Christian Leask tells us about one of his favorite Constance Pierce paintings and how we reflect what we surround ourselves with as much as what we surround ourselves with reflects us.
What drew you to this piece?
It's hard to put a finger on it, but the imagery resonated with me immediately. Some several days later, when I returned with Karma, it called out to her as well. The form and color - I think - is what drew the both of us to Constance's piece in that it is smooth, soft, relaxing and ironically, just as identifiable as it is abstract.
What emotions or memories does it illicit?
One doesn't have to try to see something in the piece, but one definitely can't not see something in it either. It might be a Virgin to one, and a woman (or form) contemplating something entirely different to another. You get to stare at it and decide for yourself, without being intimidated by it.
How do you choose where to put art in your home?
Basically, just find a place for it to fit. But also so that it compliments the room or space. I don't like to make big loud statements. I like to have something blend in that only after you have stared at it for a while, do you think to yourself "oh my, how about that right there. that's amazing"
Why is collecting art important?
I think that we are all ultimately reflections of ourselves and our surroundings. Something has to buff out the hard edges and something has to be there simply out of illogical reverence. I think art fits that bill well.
What advice do you have for people looking to buy art for their homes?
One of my favorite sayings/tips is to "never forget where you come from". However, life is full of distractions, as I've said before, so I think that sometimes you need help remembering where you come from. I like to buy art that speaks to that.