Tell Your Story | How Art can make a House into your Home
If our home tells our story, then what do we want it to say? Homes feel genuine when we focus on what’s important. And curating one that makes you feel good, can be more than decorative - it can be deeply personal. From a space that welcomes play, to one that embraces history and connection, making a house into a home lies with how meaningful its contents are. And among the best ways to articulate what matters to you, is through art.
Play ought not to stop when childhood does - and the best leaders agree. Einstein paused his puzzling to play violin, Brad Pitt hunts very specific art (think metal sculpture) and Marilyn Monroe painted roses after hours. These influential creators may not have thrived if they dwelled in drab, empty houses.
Not only does having art on your walls make you more creative, it provokes play. One artist who embraces the childlike in his work, is Michael Leunig. In this triptych, he tells the story of a lonely beast who finds company through the squiggly figures he stores and comes to house in his belly. Come play make believe.
When we say honour the past, we don’t mean switch out your microwave for a fire pit. Instead, having objects that speak to history can have a grounding, thought-provoking and intriguing quality. Art, as perpetually tied to time and place is the ideal portal into the past.
Objects that tell stories or evoke memories can create and enhance important emotional connections in our home. In some ways, stepping inside your lounge room or bedroom is like stepping inside yourself - a space that not only documents your past, but comments on who you are and what matters to you.
For Philippe Le Miere, connection means imagining history anew. In this work, he sets about filtering one of the world’s most distinctive, original artists through fresh eyes. The result is part Picasso, full Le Miere - forging a connection between two artists across tens of years.
Homes are the places where we are most ourselves - vulnerable in sleep, with family over a meal or curled on an armchair come Sunday morning. They are a place that affirms our lives, which is why Ben Quility’s ‘Five’ may sit best in your house. Featuring a Memento Mori (latin for “remember you will die”), this work reflects the tradition of using skulls in still life painting as a reminder of the transience of life. Afterall, it is through the objects we leave that we live on.
Through embracing play, history and connection, your house can transform into a 3D story of your life. So make new of the old and invite art into your home.