sophie munns : visual eclectica blog started may, 2009, clayfield, qld
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Definition of life force
noun [mass noun]
the force that gives something its vitality or strength:
the spirit which animates living creatures; the soul.
well ... this post i quickly put together to share photos from a Design Files shoot that took my breath away.
Some of you know I spent a good part of this year to date
getting my home ready to sell and then house-hunting like mad... well it was five months in all...
... and the good news is we have sold and also (virtually) bought... but more on that in the coming weeks or months.
When I saw the images I wish to share here they are from the home of an australian artist who people tend to love or hate... or certainly have a position on.
I must say it's his houses that always draw me in ... that and the sheer fact of his prodigious output... and the range of his mediums and pursuits related to the visual and often to the paintbrush.
the photos bring focus to a new(ish?) marriage... and new baby... in a new (old) house... in a new town. When reading this Design Files post it reminded me a little of the way and artist like Picasso could fill a new home with new everything... including people... artwork of every kind going on in every corner of the space.
I am quite drawn to the idea and evidence of abundance of creative spirit which seems to whoosh out in some creatives homes. Call me old-fashioned or pre-modern as opposed to post-modern...or whatever you will... I am not so taken by the contemporary habit of art being only what gets served up in the gallery and in the rest of the life there is little evidence of the creative spirit or a sense of aesthetics or joy de vivre ...or risk!
When house-hunting I felt sad at the frequent absence of plants, books and ideas being brought to bear on homes. I'm not after some text-book case of the designer, crafty, arty house... just perhaps a sense that the occupiers have a relationship to their space that might reflect their individual identities and values.
Anyway... getting sidetracked here... I will post a number of Design Files pics here...but there are 21 images at the original post worth reading in full!
Tell me what you think... what comes to mind about your own approach to home and living spaces and all things artistic therein?
OK... SO here's the house of two creatives now living in Byron Bay, the most easterly point in Australia... and a place loved by visitors from all over!
the dining room looking into the kitchen...
the TV room
bedroom with bath ...
the favourite backyard studio .. with pizza oven.
I wont spoil it and post anymore nor tell you more about who these people are... go find out if you have no idea.
All I can say is over the years I have seen shoots of at least five homes from this artist and i always get the same feeling ... that he never sleeps at night and the artistic process is given over to the whole panorama before his eyes.
Well... Ive stayed up too late tonight... so I am off now and back tomorrow to check my spelling mistakes!