Hell is other people.
With this statement Sartre provoked us into confronting the role that others play in self perception. Current events have only amplified our need for self actualization in order to fortify ourselves against the constant barrage of pleas, arguments and imperatives that seemingly emanate from every direction. But we have agency over the choices we make that define us and art will always be a medium to reveal who we are.
The act of collecting is to hold up a mirror to ourselves and reflect. As we become increasingly interconnected and trapped within an echo chamber of our own making, I am compelled to solitary contemplation.
Viewing art is a meditative act of self cultivation. In keeping with this philosophical approach I am drawn to artworks with a sense of mysterious profundity or austere beauty, by themes of impermanence and transience. A commonality among the following works I have selected are the ways in which they reveal the pathos of things.
Ephemera has a melancholy association but also serves as a reminder for us to celebrate the beauty of the moment. This is the richly rewarding experience of an art collector, as art mimics life.