One of the greatest pleasures of owning a gallery is bringing artists together and creating or strengthening networks of art for our communities. This week's home & heART comes from the mind of artist, Sarah Teasely (whose own art has been featured on OTGh&h here), and the easel of Ellen Langford.
What drew you to this piece?
subject, color and gesture
What memories or emotions does it illicit?
When I look at this painting, I simultaneously feel like I am the protector and the protected. I feel tender.
How do you choose where you put art in your home?
The factors that influence my choices about where to hang art at home vary...where do I have space is primary and then how much do I want to live with the work. "There Was a Moment" is located in our living room above the couch, so it is one of the first pieces of art I see when I come home. I choose where I hang art based on the mood I want to create in a particular space. Because we live in a "tiny house," I also like to rotate artwork periodically so that our home becomes a lived in gallery. I love this ability because shifting and changing out art on the walls gives me a new/fresh perspective of each piece.
Why is collecting art important?
For me, art acts as a signpost - it reminds me of who I am, where I have been, and who I want to become. Art is a record of humanity- good and bad - and it can be a powerful outlet for bridging gaps between people and building communities.
What advice do you have for people looking to buy art for their homes?
Do it! When you find work that tugs at you, that you can't quit thinking about....that means it needs to live with you. Listen to your intuition.