Our currently semi-vagabond lifestyle dictates that Mr. Forager and I travel light. Any purchase of a new object is always weighed against whether it’s truly necessary, how much room it will take up when in transit, or if it is too beautiful/wonderful/amazing to live without. In his work, Illinois artist Chad Wys takes on our obsession with possession, questioning whether we can truly possess a piece of artwork, what our possessions say about us, and how we objectify the world around us.
When we purchase a piece of artwork, what is our motive? I believe the majority of art is acquired for aesthetic reasons– something about the work, whether it be the subject, the colors or the composition, appeals to us. But what about artwork that doesn’t appeal, isn’t pretty? Is it any less valuable?
And what do the objects we possess say about who we are? And what makes the things we own or the things our ancestors owned so special? Or are they not really special at all?
To see more of Chad Wys’s work, please visit his website.
Thank you to artsocial for reminding about this artist! All images are via the artist’s website.