A home without ART is just an empty space
“There is a point where beauty meets truth,
Where wisdom meets delight,
Where heaven meets earth,
It is to this vision of the sublime
That my painting aspires.” – Joseph Kyle
What is art for? We’re discovering that Art can act like therapy for the soul. This makes perfect sense to me. Different paintings evoke different feelings in each individual & have the ability to move you the same way that hearing a certain song makes you feel. And, as everything tastes better with the right wine, everything looks better with the right ART.
The American Art Therapy Association describes art therapy as “a mental health profession” that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviour, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.” Now there’s a new book on the subject, appropriately entitled “Art as Therapy.”
Art as Therapy is packed with 150 examples of outstanding art, architecture and design, while chapters on Love, Nature, Money and Politics show how art can help with many common difficulties, from forging good relationships, finding happiness, to coming to terms with mortality. This book seeks to help us develop a deeper understanding of art and of ourselves in equal measure, providing fascinating reading for those who are familiar with art as well as those who are new to the subject. About:
Art as Therapy at Home
Written by Alain de Botton (author and founder of The School of Life) and John Armstrong (philosopher & art theorist), showing us how to look at and understand art in a completely novel way. In 2014, they will be guest curating both at the Art Gallery of Ontario and at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum according to this new framework. And below, Alain shows us how, in an ideal world, he might curate the walls of a home. Fascinating stuff that makes us re-think how we might approach hanging art in our own surroundings.
Unfortunately, the self we miss at such moments, the elusively authentic, creative and spontaneous side of our character, is not ours to summon at will. Our access to it is, to a humbling extent, determined by the places we happen to be in, by the color of the bricks, the height of the ceilings and the art on the wall. In a house strangled by three motorways, or with drab wallpaper or in a wasteland of rundown tower blocks, our optimism and sense of purpose are liable to drain away, like water from a punctured container. We may start to forget that we ever had ambitions or reasons to feel spirited and hopeful.
We depend on the art in our surroundings obliquely to embody the moods and ideas we respect and then to remind us of them. We arrange around us material forms which communicate to us what we need – but are at constant risk of forgetting we need – within. Art can help us in many ways; identified below are a few descriptions & suggestions of where one might hang them.”
“Matisse shows us an ideal image of women dancing in solidarity and joy. The French painter was not in denial of the troubles of this planet. But he wished to encourage us in an attitude of optimism, which he knew it can be hard for us to nurture and hold on to.
We should be able to enjoy an ideal image without regarding it as a false picture of how things usually are. A beautiful, though partial, vision can be all the more precious to us because we are so aware of how rarely life goes as we would like it to. We should be able to enjoy Matisse’s dancers without fearing that we are thereby colluding with a subterfuge played on a gullible public. The ideal it stands for is genuinely noble.
LIVING ROOM – FOR THE SOUL:
Collectible Art by an original – Canadian Artist Joseph Kyle (1923-2005)
Art Therapy – taken from goop magazine #12
Joseph Kyle – taken from a 22 page article written by Debra Usher for Arabella Magazine (Canadian Art, Architecture & Design).
Book Review: ‘When I read through Art as Therapy, paintings that I had long admired suddenly became new when seen through the filter of self-awareness and exploration. Really, a gem of a book.’ Gwyneth Paltrow, goop.com