Last summer we had the exceptional pleasure and privilege of meeting (via Instagram!!) a new to WC collector who was gracious enough to share some thoughts with us for our ongoing "Living with Art" series. Below are her words.
On rare occasions social media offers us gifts. The other day I was flicking through my Instagram roll and all of a sudden laser-focused on a piece of art that immediately captivated me. I Googled the artist, found her email and sent off a quick note letting her know that I was interested in her work. Very quickly a return email showed up in my inbox. Fast-forward a week, and on Wednesday, Amy Ross’s piece arrived at my home in Maine.
Amy’s work is delicate and fanciful, with strong colors and a beautiful use of white space. Initially I thought I’d hang her piece in my bedroom, but after seeing it out of the box I knew I wanted to look at it more than in the early a.m. and late p.m.
Hanging it in the living room necessitated a little bit of artwork shuffling, but all of the shifts work well. Our front staircase, which is seldom used, now houses two beautiful black and white photos of my kids (by Winky Lewis) and over the past few days, I’ve used those stairs more than I usually do.
Amy’s piece shares the room with a contemporary piece by Texan Joseph Cohen, an oversized Kelly Reemsten woodcut of a faceless woman dressed in a 1950s dress holding an axe by her side, and a landscape by Tom Paquette. It’s interesting how each piece speaks to the others even though the subjects and styles are varied. Blues and purples superficially tie the works together, but there’s something else as well – perhaps the overlay of artfulness and artistic competency. Kelly’s and Amy’s pieces especially resonate for me as a feminist and a beekeeper.
As I live with, walk by and soak in Amy’s piece, I’m sure I’ll observe and notice more about it. That’s one other fun thing about living with art – pieces tend not to reveal themselves all at once. It takes patience and time to see all a painting offers. And as I change and evolve, I often learn more about the art I’ve been living with.