Art-High founder, Suzanna Gregg, considers the value of empty space.
Christmas decorations are not the most beautiful or subtle way to brighten up our homes and streets, yet I must confess to missing them when they are gone. Their colours and lights add a warmth and brightness to the start of winter. When Christmas has been put away my home momentarily looks rather bare, like the trees outside. Soon however, there is pleasure to be found in that space.
January and February may be considered the bleakest months of the year, especially since they follow the warm glow of Christmas. Yet for me they provide a wonderful sense of space – mental, emotional, even spiritual – as well as physical. The dark, wintery beginning of the year brings opportunity for a fresh start – a time to think, to take stock, to plan, and to make changes.
I am not talking about New Year resolutions here, making radical changes on January 1st which are often forgotten before the month has ended. This beautiful space is for contemplation. Whether we are thinking about ourselves, our families and friends, our homes or our jobs, what has been achieved in the last year? More specifically, what is going well and what needs work; what needs to be added to or removed from our lives? These might range from something really deep and personal to simply mending a dripping tap, but all should improve the quality of our lives.
What does all this have to do with art? Call it the art of living well!