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We love hearing from our clients and the unique stories and diverse backgrounds. This month, we sat down with one of our collectors, Elizabeth Reedy. Elizabeth graduated from NYU with a degree in Art History. She hopes to pursue conservation law. She loves Space Age Design and Mariko Mori.
How did you choose artworks from Curina?
I chose Hanna Washburn’s because I loved the fact that it’s a fabric sculpture, which is usually hard to find. I also love the fact that it complements the peach colors of the bedroom.
For Ellannah’s, I was looking for a figurative painting to compliment the abstract painting in the living room. Originally I saw only two out of her three pieces, but then I dug into Ellannah’s artist page and discovered that there was a third piece to complete the triptych.
How did you choose your other paintings?
I chose a big abstract painting for the living room wall that faces the door because I like the idea of having a statement piece that people see as they enter the apartment. This painting is abstract enough that it could confuse people at first, but it also encourages them to figure it out and ask questions.
I also chose to hang another smaller abstract painting in the bathroom because it’s different. People think that it’s silly to hang a painting in the bathroom, but I think it’s such a fun idea!
You also put a lot of time and attention into curating your furniture.
Oh my god, I’m still waiting for that sofa to come! Of course, it’s because I ordered it from this obscure company–– but it’s been months and I can’t wait for it to come.
The kitchen stools are vintage. They look pretty regular from the front but you can see these 60’s-inspired pattern details on the seat.
I also love collecting art books and catalogues. This Mariko Mori catalogue and e-flux journal are my favorite. (photo)
How do you usually discover artists and painters?
I think we do need to acknowledge that we, coming from an art history background, have the privilege of being able to use very subtle keywords to find exactly what we’re looking for. Of course, going to galleries is always a good way–– nothing beats seeing works in person. Soho is a great place to do that as well. Talking about art shows afterwards when you go with people is really fun. But it is weird that seeing art at galleries and then purchasing them are totally different avenues. That’s why platforms like Curina can bridge that gap.
In general, I think social media also really helps–– we can’t shy away from using platforms like Instagram for research. It’s such a visual medium.
Did your family or friends influence your taste in art?
So my dad is a lawyer but is also into art and collects. His taste is totally different from mine though; he is more into nature-inspired, drawing-style works.
“But it is weird that seeing art at galleries and then purchasing them are totally different avenues. That’s why platforms like Curina can bridge that gap.”
You know our other client, Ivy!
Ivy is the one who recommended Curina to me! We took a class together at NYU, and we weren’t really close at the time but we found each other on IG and started talking.
Lastly, a question we have to ask, since everyone is talking about them: what do you think of NFTs?
I think NFTs are cool as they try to bring back the idea of the “original author” instead of staying true to the idea of digital art that intrinsically has no originality. However, even though NFTs argue to be transparent, they are confusing sometimes and only really understood by few tech people, which creates a sense mystery for the rest of us.