There are many benefits to having Art in your home or workspace. It is both pleasant on the eyes and healthy for the soul. Art fulfils many functions in our lives and without it, life could get dull and uninteresting.
For example, imagine living in a city where the buildings, streets and the shops look the same and they even sell the same things. Everything is the same. Now imagine that city is your living space or your workspace. Beyond aesthetics, art represents ourselves. So what is art? And what are the benefits of having an artful space? Does it serve only to beautify or does it do more to improve our lives?
What is Art?
“Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt
When we think of art, images of abstract paintings and sculptures come to mind. In fact, art can be anything creative used as a form of expression of one’s thoughts, beliefs or to carry a message. A Movie is an example of a strong art medium that evokes emotions and brings a message. Instead of expensive sculptures and paintings, a movie poster is a simple and affordable art form that you can use to change your living space. Here are some of the benefits of having more art in your living and working space:
Art Increases Productivity
“Research shows that the spaces in which people work are hugely important to the way they do their jobs. - Kenneth Freeman, Ambius’ International Technical Director
Art plays a big part in increasing our productivity. There was a study done by Exeter’s school of psychology in 2010, that demonstrated how art improves health, happiness, and productivity.
It surveyed more than 2000 office workers and showed that those who designed their work area were 32% more productive compared to those who didn’t. Having the freedom to decorate and add more art to their workspace motivated them and improved performance.
Art Allows You To Express Yourself
“Art is a language meant to speak the things that can’t be said.” - John Demarco
When an artist creates art, he puts himself into his creation and sets forth to bring a message through the final artwork. When a person owns a work of art, the artwork becomes their avatar that represents their beliefs, character, and emotions in a visual and aesthetically pleasing manner. That is why a movie poster hanging on a friend’s wall, can say a lot about their character. It reminds me of a brilliant quote by the famous epicure Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are,”
Pop art using familiar iconic Disney characters.
Art Improves Your Mental State
“Man needs music, literature, and painting – all those oases of perfection that make up art – to compensate for the rudeness and materialism of life” - Fernando Botero
Looking at things that are beautiful, reminds us of beauty. We need only to see it to believe it. It is like a potion for anxiety. It is a remedy for the days where life is stressful and hard. This is when the art you own can serve as a mood maker. Especially when you know that the art that you possess is of your own design and best represents you, it is like self-medication. This is you, represented in the art that you own, a version of your perfect self. And that you may not be perfect, but you strive to be close to perfect every day, just like how art is beautiful but it is imperfect, only perfect in the mind.
“When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds, there is awareness of perfection.” - Agnes Martin
Vintage art using Superheroes comic covers.