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me just say straight off the bat (and please, don’t be offended): I
hate posters. Yes, they’re cheap; certainly, they can do a dandy job
of covering a very large area of ugly apartment wall; and okay, maybe
some of them even feature lovely artwork. But there’s something about
the idea of mass-produced prints that reeks of manufactured,
society-approved "good taste" – and frankly, I’m of the
opinion that walls should do more than look pretty for guests. The best
walls I’ve seen all share one thing in common: they say something
about the unique personality of the person who lives within their
Back in the high school days, decorating the walls of my bedroom
meant plastering them floor to ceiling with glossy magazine cut-outs of
cute celebrity heartthrobs (nothing like waking up to Keanu – in his
Bill-and-Ted stage of life – goofily smiling down at you) and
mammoth-sized posters promoting my favorite bands (Depeche Mode made way
for R.E.M. + U2, made way for the Pixies). Maximum wall coverage was the
goal, and the more crap I could tack up to declare my loves and
obsessions, the better. I used my walls to express me … and whether
the outcome was attractive or not was completely irrelevant. In college,
I had an epiphany: wall decorations could serve an aesthetic function!
Up went the stereotypical college standards – Klimt’s Kiss, Van Gogh’s
Starry Night, a whole slew of Matisse cut-out prints – and into the
closet and trash went any hint of real personality. Clearly I’d moved
to the other extreme … all looks and no substance, insta-style that
made my room look like every other college freshman girl’s dorm room.
These days, I’d like to think I’ve finally learned to achieve the
proper balance: creating walls that are both nice to look at, and are
uniquely, undeniably representative of me. Admittedly, the fact that I
was a visual arts major in college has helped – final projects for
photo classes, drawing classes, printmaking classes and the like, have
provided a wide body of original artwork from which to choose for
display. I’m no Picasso or Cartier-Bresson, to be sure, but there’s
something nice about the fact that the vast majority of what’s on my
walls are my creations – images with stories behind them,
pictures that connect to my past, objects that provide a starting point
for discussion with guests that come to visit.
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