Living with Art: A Small Price to Pay

Sometimes, we have parties.  A frequent topic of conversation at these fiestas is our house – not, I might add, because of anything intrinsic to our house, which is a modest and unremarkable ranch home, but because of all of the art I have on display inside.  People love it.  Or it creeps them out.  But usually, they love it, and they wander about bestowing compliments, which, while not the reason I display art everywhere I can think to, certainly add some clinkity-clank to my love bank.

After a party in 2014, and I won’t say which one, I discovered this:

Missing Cards

One of many displays of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) in my house

Now, to the untrained eye, that might look like a collection of amazing cards – and it is.  But it’s a collection that is down by two pieces.  Someone at a party stole art from my house.  Isn’t that sad?  You can see the gap where they used to be.  I  haven’t touched it or filled it with anything new.

I have thought a lot about this theft, first and foremost because it feels like a serious betrayal.  Yes, I put things on my walls for everyone who visits to enjoy, but I put them there because I love them, because they mean something to me.  Every ATC in my collection is personal for me.  Every ATC comes with a story.   I would almost rather the TV have been stolen than two of my cards, one of which was an Alice in Wonderland card created by one of my dearest friends on earth.  My homeowner’s insurance would cover the TV, which is just an object. They couldn’t reimburse me for ATCs if they tried.

I considered spreading the word among the party guests that I was missing some art, if only to make the guilty party feel guilty.  Then I reconsidered, though.  I thought:  If this art was so important to this person that s/he would steal it from my home, knowing that I would notice its absence, well, maybe that’s a testimony to the intense connection that human beings form with artwork.  And maybe it doesn’t matter so much who has those two cards as that they are held by someone who values them enough to violate strong social codes.  I mean, yes, that also sucks, but think about it.  It’s pretty powerful.

Anyway, I guess this is the price of filling my house with pieces of greatness: Someday, someone might be so drawn to one that s/he needs to possess it, no matter what.  That still seems like a small price to pay to live constantly in the midst of beauty and human creativity.

I won’t lock my ATCs down, and I’ll still have parties.

It’s all part of living with art.

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10 Comments

  1. It's sad that someone who you invited into your home has taken them. I'm sure if they had shown an interest in them you would have considered gifting it o them. You know they're never going to be able to enjoy the art as they will feel guilty at least one would hope so.

  2. Kearston

    That makes me sad. I thought I lost 3 binders full of ATCs, and I was miserable for months, but I knew it was my fault. But having them stolen would have so much worse. I found them last night. Maybe the person will see this post and return your art. 🙁

  3. Wow. That takes some serious balls to steal the art off someone's walls. (Someone who, presumably, is enough of a friend to have invited you to their home, no less!) I have to say, I don't think I would have arrived at as generous an attitude toward the thief as you have.

  4. Oh, that is rotten! And while I also would not be as charitable as you, to a thief, I do wonder whether it might be something *slightly* less horrible, which is that someone damaged them (spilled/splashed on them, or swatted them off walking past, and then stepping on them or tearing them, and feeling so terrible they couldn't tell you).

    The reason I think it might be this other option is that I simply cannot fathom stealing these tiny arts at all, LET ALONE stealing them from a wall display where they will clearly be noticed. (I'm sure you would have found them if they had been accidentally swatted onto the floor, maybe kicked into a corner?)

    I don't know! I'm terribly sorry this happened! I think maybe you should fill that gap so it doesn't remind you every time you walk past. I mean, I know you'll still be reminded but less glaringly.

    <sigh> for humanity.

  5. oh wow, you have a very generous attitude! While I agree with what you say, I would be so pissed off, and I wouldn't want my art to be in the hands of someone that shows no respect for my stuff. I can't imagine a guest doing something like that. It's crazy …. Hope you'lll be able to replace them ….

  6. djboma

    So very sorry. We always trust those we invite into our home. I would leave it blank an maybe the next party they will reappear. I'm sure some who was at the your house will see this and talk about it.
    Now about your next party.. You have make items that I have nice places to put them.. So add me to your party list..LOL…
    You can't replace what someone has given you.

  7. Sad, because it's some one you know..someone you invited into your home, but I can understand too, feeling happy that the art was just SO good, that it couldn't be helped!

  8. SHERRY

    I HAVEN'T HAD MY COMPUTER WORKING FOR QUITE A WHILE SO RIGHT AWAY WHEN IT CAME ON I HAD TO CHECK OUT YOUR PAGE. I CRACKED UP AT THE LEOTARD GUY AND I'M PRETTY SURE THE STAZON SNIFFING GIRL IS ME. THANKS FOR ALL THE FUN STUFF ON YOUR BLOG. ITS SO COOL THAT YOU SHARE YOUR PATTERNS AS WELL.

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