But what’s it for?

This is a rant about art. More specifically, people’s reaction to art. Now this is something that gets me very irritated but I shall try and keep this brief as it is not about wine.

We own a couple of display cases with ceramics on them. One has Sarah-Jane Selwood stuff in it:

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Look at that stuff, really top bunny. The other display case has work by a variety of ceramicists in it:

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From time to time we will score a new piece and when someone visits I will invariably whip it out to show them. Normally this will generate the response, “What is it for?”

We also have a new object d’art sitting on the wall in the hall. It is a metal construction:

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When I show people this they say, “What is it supposed to be?”*

Now, these responses make me worry about the people I know. Are the people I like so utterly functional and devoid of feeling that they think everything has to have a use and everything has to be representational. Everything you buy doesn’t have to have a specific purpose, unless you count ‘pleasing you’ as a purpose. Similarly, everything that doesn’t have a use doesn’t have to be a china representation of a dog but instead can be a form that pleases you. That is enough of a form or a use, that it makes you happy; if that is true all is well.

*I find this question so depressing I’ve been trying to answer it as facetiously as possible, this object is normally termed a ‘wall minge’.