The importance of art in the home, whatever your tastes might be

 

Collecting art for your own space or home and how it can keep great vibes flowing.

Photo Credit © [Jeremy Shantz]
 
Photo Credit © [Jeremy Shantz]
Collecting art for your own space or home and how it can keep great vibes flowing.

After the countless drawn-out winter months and for a much-needed dose of vitamin D, I spend a lot less time in my apartment. I would rather be outside absorbing the rays and people’s positive vibes. However, time at home, no matter how little, still needs to foster these same feelings. Therefore collecting new pieces of art for my home has now become a priority, a reflection of the summer months’ inspiration for creation and exploration, where colour and shape expresses things that I couldn’t say any other way.

Art has always been my first language, and I have always been interested in the relationship between the creative arts and their influence on health outcomes, specifically the health effects of visual arts therapy, music engagement, movement-based creative expression, and expressive writing, which are all powerful tools that affect my attitude, productivity, mood and happiness.

Art in the home is of substantial importance, whatever your taste might be. Art therapy is a fluid, adaptable and evolving field, although art has always been an innate part of human civilization, recognized for its restorative and transformative qualities. Not only am I still discovering the nature of the arts, I am also still in the early stages of understanding what art therapy can do—how, and why it is effective. So in an attempt to learn more and do the same for my visual world, I went through colours, warm and cold, and was drawn to the yellows and oranges of summer rays, hazy repetitive sun rings, circles and geometric shapes. I tried combinations of abstract pattern and figurative subjects, allowing my mind to compare styles and let it create new connections and relationships with alternative perspectives on life and relationships with others.

Art therapy and art in the home can work in multifaceted ways involving the whole person and sensory-motor, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, physical, social and spiritual aspects. Growth through art is seen as a sign of growth of the whole person.

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
 
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Obsessive collector and sculptor of things, Shantz lives and bleeds for those moments of collaboration.

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