We invited Dana Claudat from “the Tao of Dana” to talk to ChicTip about art and feng shui.
Tell us about yourself
I’m a lifestyle lover, a feng shui expert, an art fiend, a dog mom, a Buddhist and a writer. In no particular order!
How art and Feng Shui go together?
Art is expression, no matter what medium it takes. Art is a portal to the divine at times, something that at its best can articulate emotions we lack words to express.
In my approach to feng shui, space mirrors life in powerful and personally stylish ways. In a sense, if you change your space, you open the door to more easily change your life since with each space adjustment you change that mirror to look like more of the life- and the you- that you want.
I find that art is often the only perfect-for-a-space way to add energy that nothing else can.
What kind of art you’ll recommend for a client to display in his home for good energy?
Art is so personal. I can look at a painting and see a whole universe and you may look at it and see a few blocks of color. I always direct people to search out art that they feel, first and foremost. If you can’t feel art, it isn’t doing to do much for the energy of your home no matter how beautiful it is!
Does it have to be expensive art or can it be prints or DIY?
DIY is often the best for certain people who need to explore the depths of their own personal expressiveness. Its a huge risk to display your own work, even in your own home. That said, its also immensely rewarding.
I don’t quantify the merit of art by its cost- though I do love curating big collections.
What kind of art do you like and do you have it in your house?
I like things that are hard to find and signature of an era. 70’s artifacts. And gifts that were made for me. I collect signed art books. I also have a few paintings I made on my walls, but I’m ready to make new ones soon- I’ve outgrown them!