See it at the Soulard Art Market Photography Invitational, opening May 15
It happens every once in a while. A woman will walk into my booth or my studio with paint chips and fabric samples.
“What do you have that matches this?” she asks.
Every artist cringes a little when she hears that. It means that the art is a decorator accessory, not a statement. It’s not that we artists mind that much, but we want our work to be so much more than a pretty picture that picks up the color of the cushions.
This year I added a line to my artist statement. Most people ignore it but a handful have made it a point to cheer. It reads: “Art should match your soul, not your sofa.”
Art doesn’t just hang or your wall or sit on a shelf. Art demands a relationship. What do you bring the work? What does the work say to you. Does it make you think? Does it make you remember something? Do you have some sort of reaction? Are you inspired or repelled? Does your impression change over time? Can you have a conversation about it?
Next time you’re walking around an art fair or gallery looking for something new, pay attention to the work that speaks to you. THAT’s the one that will match your sofa, because it matches your soul.