Is your home feeling a little unloved? Despite all the time we spend at galleries, museums and other art-filled venues, we all have to go home to sleep at night. And, given how much time we do spend at home, it’s always worth making it as clean and as comfortable as possible. Problem is, the idea of tidying and getting our sh*t in order never really seems that appealing. We would much rather curl up in front of Netflix than sort through the pile of junk that’s slowly beginning to smell a bit. But, in a bid to help you finally sort your home life out, we’ve got some inspiration from your favourite artists!
Firstly, Get Dressed For The Occasion With Sterling Ruby
You’re going to be cleaning, chucking things out, and probably making a mess before anything gets clean. American artist Sterling Ruby is famous for his collaborations with Raf Simons, creating clothes that look like they’ve had a fight with a bucket of paint. And, to be honest, they’re the perfect items for wearing when you’re bound to be getting covered in dust and cobwebs.
Then Sort Your Junk By Colour With Piet Mondrian
Piet Mondrian individually compartmentalised colours. It may seem a bit OCD, but if you colour-coordinate your home you’ll easily be able to find that mysterious thing that’s always disappearing the next time you’re not sure where you put that one item that always seems to run away.
Burn A Candle Like Urs Fischer
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Urs Fischer (Zurich – New York based) "Leo"(Leonardo Di Caprio and his parents) Installation 2019 – Candle Sculptures – Impermanentart • Photo by Stefan Altenburger • Gagosian Gallery Paris #ursfischer #ursfischerleo @gagosian #gagosiangallery #gagosiangalleryparis #leonardodicaprio #dicaprio #candlesculpture #impermanentart
I mean who doesn’t love a scented candle. While cleaning your home, why not make it smell nice too. If you’re not into scented candles, you can get artfully shaped ones too. Perhaps we wouldn’t recommend a life-size candle of Leo DiCpario a la Urs Fischer, but hey, each to their own!
Get Back To Basics With Rachel Whiteread
Rachel Whiteread is famous for her casts of houses. So, while you’re cleaning the inside of your home, why not pay attention to the outside of your place too? Does your front door need a lick of paint? Now’s the time to make sure all is in order.
Refashion Used Fabrics Into Something New Like Tschabalala Self
Tschabalala Self uses a variety of media in her work, including pieces of cloth and fabric. When you’re clearing out your wardrobe, instead of throwing your old junk out right away, why not see how you can repurpose it? Maybe you could make some art yourself!
Invest In Technology With Hito Steyerl
It’s 2020, you probably spend more time with your iPhone than your friends, so it’s really about time that you make sure your home is technologically up to date. Take a leaf out of Hito Steyerl’s book and get your home as hi-tech as possible. Because technology is the future after all…
Think About Your Carbon Footprint With Olafur Eliasson
As much as you would like to pretend climate change isn’t happening, there’s no way of avoiding the facts. It’s a good idea to see how you can make your home more eco-friendly, whether that’s by changing your energy supply, upgrading some of your appliances, or being mindful to turn lights and gadgets off when you’re not in the room. Olafur Eliasson has a lot we can learn from!
Finally, Embrace The Flowers Like Monet
Now that your house is nice and clean, it’s time to give it the love it deserves. Put your feet up, buy some flowers, and furnish your home with blooms a la Monet, you deserve it!
Text Lizzy Vartanian