Obsession – the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent
idea ,image, desire, etc.
As far back as I can remember Ellen and I have enjoyed viewing contemporary art and crafts with an emphasis on local artists. Visiting local artist’s studios, community art galleries, and craft fairs have always been an important part of our travels. Our fascination with art soon morphed into buying some of the art. The accumulation over the years has depleted the wall space available for the display of the artwork.
But I want to keep searching out and adding to our collection even though I know there is
1. a space problem and
2. we do not need any more artwork.
At a recent craft fair, I saw some sculptures made from gourds and other plant parts that I liked. Ellen’s comment: but where will you put them? A little thinking on my part and I realized that there was a perfect virgin space for the sculptures. Arriving home my hunch was correct – the top of the speakers was a perfect solution.
On a recent trip to Croatia, we encountered a painting which captured some of the ambiance of our time in Croatia. Buy? You bet! Ellen also purchased a pendant made from Adriatic red coral. Jewelry does not present a space problem.
Of course, the space problem is easily solved. Do not purchase any more artwork! But Dave says hold on, not so quick. For these reasons:
- Collecting is something we have enjoyed and should continue to enjoy. It’s fun to search out new artwork.
- It’s part of our life. It says something about us.
- Since we get such enjoyment it is only right that we help to support local artists and towns with a vibrant art scene.
Dave’s solution. Follow the practices of museums. Art museums often have an area displaying recent acquisitions. I could designate one wall for recent acquisitions. Alternatively, this area could be used for a retrospective display of artwork that has been in storage. Of course, there is an obvious problem with my solution – storage space. But that problem is down the road. Worry about that when the time comes (perhaps will never be a problem).
- 91 paintings
- 37 masks
- 8 clocks
- 39 others – sculptures, fabric wall hangings, stained glass
- 24 outdoor sculptures
- 23 artistic glassware
- Numerous ceramic tableware from several vendors
- Several logo glasses from breweries and wineries