Just a bit ago, Lisa Call twittered “Why do you buy art?” I twittered back “I buy visual art because it makes my home nice to live in. I buy theatre and books because they make my mind nice to live in.”
I’m constantly amazed at how people will spend thousands of dollars on stuff to decorate their homes and yards, and then refuse to make the slightest effort to improve the interior design of their mind, instead filling it with horrid, ugly rubbish.
You can go on vacation and get away from your home and yard, but when you go, you’re still trapped in the same mind. There are not many things you can’t escape by going somewhere else, but your mind is definitely one of them. Doesn’t it make some sense to invest a little effort to make it a nice place?
People sometimes buy really nice beds, figuring that they spend about 1/3 of their life in bed. You spend 100% of your waking hours in your mind. If improving your bed makes sense, then it makes twice as much sense to improve your mind. If you worry about the pillow on your bed, you ought to invest twice as much concern for the contents of the head you rest on that pillow.
One really nice way to make your mind a nicer place to live, of course, is to make art yourself.
As an interior decoration practice, artmaking is hard to beat.