Q: As a collector, how does living with a piece of art affect your daily life?
A: It’s hard to single out the effect of any one piece. Our collection is more than just decor, and it’s difficult to describe the full value of living with it in a succinct way. Aside from appreciating the appearance or style of pieces, they also serve as historical touchpoints both culturally and personally. It’s also rewarding to slowly observe a piece over time, internalizing the individual details and thinking about the time and attention the artist themselves put into it. Our collection has grown with us and feels like a foundation for our home, creating a sort of permanence even while our actual living quarters have changed over the years.
Q: What is it like collecting as a couple? How do you decide on a piece?
A: Sometimes we both just agree without even thinking about it. Other times we have an official deliberative process for deciding. Still other times, Janel has to lecture Zach about how he clearly has an art-buying problem.