I love words. I love witty quotes and clever writing and powerful literary passages and smart lyrics and funny pop culture phrases. I love them so much that sometimes I'm embarrassed by how easily attracted I am to art with words.
There's nothing inherently wrong with art that features words, but I think it's often considered "less than" other art--tiered lower on the unofficial hierarchy of media and subject matters. Maybe because it's so straightforward? "Higher" art leaves more up to the viewers interpretation? Or maybe because it's perceived as involving less skill? Or maybe because, for whatever reason, when a piece of word art gets popular, it gets really popular? (See the ubiquitous "For Like Ever" and "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters from a few years back.)
Right now we have several pieces that fit into the typography / word art / quote art genre. We have a "Don't give up the ship" flag prominently on display, in honor of my dad who passed away last year. It's the first thing you see when you walk in the house. Not far from it, we have a funky wire hand sculpture, labeled "High Five," the last thing you see as you leave. In our downstairs bathroom, we have a cheeky tea towel framed. In the playroom, we have a sweet little motivational watercolor. In Timmy's nursery, we have a framed handwritten excerpt from a Taylor Mali poem from a dear friend I don't see enough of. I even have a vintage piece that's just a bunch of calligraphed C's--it's not even words, just a letter repeated over and over.
They're spread pretty well throughout the house, but even so, I wonder whether it's too much. That twinge of embarrassment doesn't stop me from wanting more though.
If you haven't reached your quota for art with words, here are a few options in various styles, all under $100:
1. Nicole Cohen Blanche print [starting at $60] 2. Rachel Kerwin Speak 5 print [starting at $40]
3. Sarah Reiss T is for Taking Care of Business print [$24]
4. Carson Ellis Onward print [$40] 5. Anthony Burrill I Like It letterpress poster [£50]
6. Bisco Smith Methods screen print [$75]
If you're willing to spend a bit more, here are some more good ones:
7. Ben Eine RIOT screen print [$600] 8. Jennifer Ament It's Not You print [$225]
9. Rachel Castle All the Peoples screen print [$310]
10. Peter Blake Dazzle Alphabet B silkscreen [£575/letter]
11. Yee Wong Disco in the Jungle: Life Is Beautiful print [starting at $150]
12. Alanna Cavanagh The Intelligent Woman's Guide silkscreen [$795 CAD]
Collectors, do you have any typography or word art on your walls? What do you look for or avoid with this kind of art?