I am happy a lot of you have been excited to follow along with how I am decorating my workspace, so here is another update! Finally, some action is starting to happen on the big black chalkboard wall! I love this wall so much. When I moved my workspace into this space, formerly a children's nursery, this couch was already here. I actually really love it. And I love the contrast of a creme colored sofa against a black wall. I'm annoyingly really really picky about what I think goes together and what doesn't. I tried putting up this "If You Work Hard" poster by I Screen You Screen by itself above the sofa but I hated how the white of the paper had a different tone of white than the yellow-y creme sofa. The fact that the paper was so super fresh, cool toned white and the couch was yellow based creme color really annoyed me as they were to two sole things against a black wall. With a mixture of a few different wall decor objects that have bits of both creme and white in them, the objects all together on the wall above the creme colored sofa makes a lot more sense to me visually. So together, I'll be putting up: an old mirror with a black frame, the pure white & black Conan O'Brian Quote Poster, a creme toned skull I got at a flea market, a dark wooden piece of art by Emily Jeffords with pure white paint on it, a little black piece of art with a creamy yellow moon from Moon Dreamin', and a big piece of art with a moon with pure white bits by Ben Driggs.
I haven't shared this beautiful piece of artwork by Ben Driggs, pictured below, with my you guys yet. I was graciously gifted this piece by Cureeo, a really fantastic new website that curates a stunning collection of one of a kind and limited edition artwork. I think they do a fabulous job of not only featuring really unique and quality artwork but they also offer a really clear an explanation of how pieces are valued, a basic education of how artwork can be understood, priced, and valued. Check out their page on "The Buyer's Guide: Art, Understood." I'll be honest, I am kind of snobby, bratty and opinionated when it comes to art, though I try to keep my bratty thoughts to myself. For most of my life, I wanted to be a museum curator, like from age 11 till college, and I would have kept on my track to becoming one if I hadn't realized I lack the memorization skills necessary for that profession. So I can tell you from my pretty critical and honest opinion that I sincerely really like the artwork featured on Cureeo.
I chose the gorgeous piece below by Ben Driggs for a number of reasons. First of all, I love most things black and white that have a minimalist aesthetic but still an element of magic and mystery. I fell in love with the look of this piece and upon hearing about how it was made, I was even more mesmerized. Here is Ben's artist statement: "As impossible as it may be to fully understand the meaning of infinity, images of outer space offer a new perspective on one’s experience by placing it in the context of infinite time and space. Eclipse is part of a series of photographs that investigate our relationship to the infinite reality that we live in. For this body of work, I create sculptural representations of iconic celestial events and objects in my studio and photograph them. By using everyday objects, this process highlights the idea that a true conception of outer space is the farthest thing from our daily lives. This piece was made using a balloon, fog, an LP and a flashlight." To me, he just sums up a magical idea combined with a practical yet thoughtfully magical method of creating a piece of art pretty darn well.
I'm so excited to get this wall decorated! The only problem I face now is that this wall is very very old and either won't take a nail in certain spots or will crumble when I try and put a nail in it. So I'm going to have to get quite creative figuring out a way to make that heavy bull skull stable, hanging off of the wall somehow. Do you have any tips for hanging something very heavy on an old crumbly wall?