This is how it normally goes — someone sees one of our artworks, and the first thing they ask me is “what is the artist trying to say?”. What I really think you should be asking is, “what do I see in this piece?”.

Maybe it’s the way art was taught to us in school — we mostly learnding about the era in which artists were active (was it before or after the renaissance? Was it during the early 1900s?), what was their motive, and what was their technique. This might have led us into putting the artist on a pedestal, as in what they were thinking about and how they created the artwork should be at the center of the discourse. But think about it, YOU are the one looking at it, collecting it (possibly), and hanging in your home. Then wouldn’t it be as important what YOU see in the artwork?

Ileana Rincón Cañas. I’m not and object, Growing.
The artist tells a story with their art, but there was something inside of your memory that strongly connected the artwork, leading you to look at it longer, to fall in love with it, and make you want to invite it to live in your home. Maybe through that you are allowing yourself to remember a moment, a feeling, a piece of your story through the artwork. The artist might be telling half of the story of the piece but you comprise the other half. And that is why when I see someone’s art collection, I feel like I’m seeing a little history of them.
Next time you see an artwork, don’t be afraid to interpret boldly, relate strongly, and tell your story loudly to yourself and to others. And if I’m the gallerist that happens to be showing you that artwork, please tell me what you see — I absolutely LOVE hearing those stories!

Written by Su Hyun Kim, CEO 

 Arte Original.

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