Art has the power to evoke an emotion, tell a tale, awaken a memory, and even create a story. Walk into any art collector’s home and it’s like peering into their personal history, and in some cases their soul.
That is certainly the case for Kay Cutter, a long time Celebration of Fine Art collector, who can recount a tale tied to each piece of art in her home.
“I can look at any one of my pieces and remember chatting with the artist about it,” she said. “I can remember what it was that drew me to it in the first place. There isn’t anything I have hanging in my home that I don’t absolutely love and have some kind of connection to it.”
In many cases art is almost like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book, with each observer weaving their own personal journey. The artists behind the work also typically have a story to share about the piece – what inspired them and what shaped their approach.
“One of the Adolfo pieces I have is titled ‘History’ and all of the tiny squares on the piece are from his palette,” Kay said. “He cut the paint from his palette and put the segments into the piece. That to him is sort of a compilation of many of the pieces he has created over the years.”
For Kay however, she said she can remember where she was in her life and what was going on for her personally when she bought each piece – and in that sense, the art in her home weaves the story of her life.
“I usually feel some kind of a connection to it,” she said. “Either it evokes some experience I’ve had or a memory of a person, but I usually have some kind of emotional connection to it.”
This was certainly the case with one of her recent acquisitions…“The Gwens.”
“I was breezing passed Brad Brenner’s studio (because I was on the clock) and as I went past I glanced over and just stopped dead in my tracks,” Kay said. “I looked at this piece and started to weep. I was there for about ten minutes with tears streaming down my face. I asked Brad what the name of the piece was and he said it didn’t have a name yet. I told him it should be called ‘The Gwens.’ He asked why and I said because you’ve painted my mother.”
“Somebody might walk into my house and wonder why I bought that piece and put it on my wall. Well that’s the story behind it. It reminds me of my mom. I love it.”