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Why buy art?

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Often people ask themselves “what is the reason to buy art for their home?”. This is a normal question as Art is not a “need”. It is a “Want”. It isn’t food, shelter, or clothing. However, it is part of self care. It is part of making certain we retain our identity and reminds ourselves of who we are.

This past month has been waves of news that can spin our world into the depths of depression. Combatting the negative that surrounds us takes extra vigilance. It takes a decision to look towards brightness and life. Yes, we grieve the loss, the damaged and the destroyed. However, the goal is to keep going. To choose happiness over depression. Everyday  I go to the studio, I have moments of questioning my purpose. I imagine many people feel this way. In the last few days I have once again affirmed that my purpose in this world is to create Art that reminds us of the goodness. The place which we can find a bit of sanity and love.

In an article  titled 10 Reasons to Buy Art in the Huffington Post, the authors list simple reasons to buy handmade original paintings. They mention that “Happy walls make happy people”. I think this is true. Placing a piece of art on your wall reminds you to think of the bigger picture, the long game. The place in our world that has no fear, no hate, and reminds you to be good and loving.

When creating art, the goal is not to be sentimental in a trite way. Rather my work is about creating a story that reflects a bigger picture. One that is about connections and comfort. The desire to celebrate life in simple ways. In the piece highlighted, titled All Their is to Know, the story delves into yearning. The desire to be part of the story, the drama and the love as captured by the romance graphics from the 1950s. These Great Romance comic books were viewed with disdain by parents of the young girls who read them, but they were a place to explore stories and identity. To live a life of drama and romantic intrigue. What better way to spend time?

 

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How to buy a piece of Art

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When buying a piece of art many potential collectors doubt their ability to choose. It brings to mind what makes a work of art valuable for your choice? How do you decide on a piece of art? Do you go by colour? By size? In my world, these criteria should not be the primary concerns. Rather it should be about the story. What does this Art say to you and how does it reflect something in your life that enhances your world?

Art in your home is something you look at everyday. Every time you look at the painting, it should transport you to another world. Another world where your mind can escape into. This can happen with abstraction to representational work. In my work, I try to create stories that are an Escape. A place that has a moment of memory. A snippet of a time and place that reminds us of a second of Joy. One that is filled with Love, with connection, with exuberance.

In the featured image, titled Enjoying the Laughter, brings to mind the wandering through European streets. The Flaneur in us- that of just enjoying and discovering a place without a goal or purpose. The laughter is brought through with the mid century girl dancing. There really is nothing like coming upon a wonderful moment that we discover as we travel. The goal with this piece is to remind the viewers of this time. The time you escaped to another place that reminded you of fun and adventure.

It is this story that the main criteria when buying a piece of art. The place it takes you. This way when you look at the piece of art in your home, you can go to that memory, that place of escape and fun.

Interested in this piece? It’s available as a reproduction on my online store at http://www.memoryartgirl.com

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Undeniable Strength of Young Women

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Recently I sat with my 13 year old and few of her friends chatting about their teachers. An incident came up where these girls complained about a male teacher. They mentioned that he would give priority to the boys when the class played soccer or flag football. These young women are aware of the “absence of preference”. They are aware that sexism plays in different ways- one of which is language. I asked the reason to them being silent and not complaining or pointing out to the teacher his thoughtless behaviour. Their response? Why bother, they said, nothing will change.

Yet these young women register the subtle ways that boys are preferred and prioritized. I find it rather funny in these days of the Million Women March and International Women’s Day that teachers are still not aware of the subtleties of their behaviour. How is it that teachers don’t receive any sensitivity training in the use of their language or attitude? Words and behaviour have effect. These young women register the repeated preference of boys and can choose to do two things- to let this treatment define them and make them accept that they are not strong enough, or talented enough to play the game OR they can register this treatment and use it as fuel for their fight to conquer and take their frustration to leaning in and accomplishing their goals.

As Maya Angelou said;

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”

It is this constant defiance of expectations that I use as inspiration in the painting featured today. “Undeniable” is a piece that uses the icon of Wonder Woman and a strident young woman who walks with confidence and strength. Along the bottom are the men with flowers, appraising her with admiration. A view that women all should have today.

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