“When we are creative, we are absorbed, fascinated, and involved in an interaction with our medium, which can be people as well as canvas and paint, the page or screen on which we write, the plants and earth that we garden, or the materials in the laboratory or studio with which we work. In the creative encounter there is an absorbing, unpossessive love and a sense that we are engaged in soul work.” ~ Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.
When I first met Anthony Guthmiller of A.LUXE his spirited attitude was infectious. After seeing his collection of reimagined accessories crafted from vintage jewelry and ties I knew I wanted to incorporate him into the Good Eye Gallery mix. Days later he visited me and magically transformed a cabinet into a display of visual eye candy. Rows of crystal embellished ties were flanked with color coordinated French cuff links. A pillow and ottoman fashioned from similarly hued neckties became the perfect accent to my 1960’s Adrian Pearsall sectional sofa. After he left I realized that he truly embodies my concept of Curativity.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE CURATIVITY?
Curativity to me is looking for specific items that can be re-created into something other than their original use.
It’s a re-purposing of items. For me, neglected or no longer used items that once re-purposed or upcycled have a new ‘lot in life’.
HOW IS ART MAKING CURATIVE FOR YOU?
The ‘hunt’ is the part that drives me. Once I’ve found pieces that speak to me, then it’s the translation from what they are commonly used for into something more special.
IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU LIVE LIFE CURATIVELY?
I’ve never been someone to have or do what everyone else has. I don’t like things that are common. I prefer things that are unique and special and try to surround myself with people, art and experiences that are unique and not run of the mill.
HOW DO YOU HOPE YOUR ART IS CURATIVE TO OTHERS?
I hope that when people see the art that I create, it speaks to them and they are attracted to it, even if they don’t know what it was created from. Most people don’t realize that my cuff links were once vintage clip on ear rings, or that my ottomans are upholstered in vintage ties. Finding a new purpose or meaning in these forgotten items makes me smile and hopefully makes others smile as well.