[The September 2009 issue of House Beautiful features several homes with terrific displays of art. In Windsor Smith's "Pink Room" she really mixes it up, adding more eclectic groupings than we've seen her do in the past. It's a must see. Shown here, one sneak peek detail from Victoria Pearson's gorgeous photographs.]
One of my professors used to enjoy asking abstract questions, like, "If someone paints a picture and no one else ever sees it, is it art?"
I don't think everyone will ever agree on the answer, but personally I'm always fascinated by kids' and teens' responses. In May, the Gumtree Museum of Art in downtown Tupelo, Mississippi presented a scholarship competition for teen students based upon a portfolio presentation and a two page written essay. The Senior Scholarship winners were Abby Nichols and Kirstie Manning. I really like what both had to say about the meaning of art, so I'm sharing a short excerpt (via Gumtree's site) below. Click here for more on all the winners.
Pop Art Self-Portrait Series by Abby Nichols
Sometimes people ask me why I love art. Well, I say, art is everything and anything I need it to be. It can be an escape from reality. It can make sense of reality. Art can be calming when I’m upset, and a way to release my frustration. It can help me think clearly or keep me from thinking at all. Sometimes I paint for a purpose, and other times I paint just to paint.
-- Abby Nichols
[Above, Ruthie Sommers' outdoor studio photographed by Melanie Acevedo for the premiere issue of domino.]