I am married to an artist who creates and teaches so you might assume that she decorates our home. You are mostly correct. She has done a lot to make our place homey.
Recently, however, another decorator has put great effort into making some changes. In other posts, I have written about Rover, our German Short-Haired Pointer, and some of his talents. We pay him in the form of room and board, as well as healthcare. In exchange, he has volunteered to repay us in the form of redecorating our home. I regret the arrangement. I am thinking of reporting him to the Better Business Bureau.
Rover has worked tirelessly to create a space where we can watch him add his touches. The space chosen to display his artistry is where our eyes are drawn because we built our home to face the western mountains. We have a wall of glass for an unobstructed view. Immediately outside this wall of glass, Rover has chosen to create a display which captures the attention of all, whether in the house, on the deck, or in the courtyard. Unselfishly, Rover has contributed some of his most treasured possessions for the visual enjoyment of others.
Now I am not very creative about stacking firewood. I stacked a couple cords in even rows against our back deck. When the stacks are high enough, I can even reach over the rail and get wood without going down the steps of the deck. Practical perhaps, but not particularly creative. Rover has transformed the stacks into a random arrangement spread across the ground adjacent to the deck. Very creative. Very untraditional. Very avant garde.
Rover is a multimedia artist. He does not limit himself to wood as the only material in his composition. Interspersed among the chunks of wood, the artist has carefully placed spots of bright color in the form of pumpkins removed (stolen) from where my drab wife inartfully arranged them on the deck itself. Below the deck, on the ground, the pumpkins are put to much better use.
Another material which Rover has incorporated into his masterpiece consists of forms of bone from deceased creatures such as you yourselves might have handy in your own backyards. Rover suggests that you try placing vertebrae from a cow skeleton as well as, in this particular piece of art, the skull of a deer with a single antler. One can add to these everday items, as Rover did, a single horn of a pronghorn (antelope) who was no longer using it.
Another medium commonly found on clotheslines is fabric from, say, a quilted bedspread. Rover has used one of those but in an altered state. Rather than leave it intact, Rover realized that the stuffing, if unstuffed, allows one to spread around the insides as well as the outside of the item formerly known as a quilt. If you do not have a spare bedspread, check your neighbor’s clothesline.
Not everyone has the education to appreciate the subtleties of modern art.
Not everyone has an eye for beauty in an arrangement of common items.
Not everyone has the artistic vision to see what the artist intends to convey.
Not everyone. Certainly not me.