What You Can’t See Affects You More Than You Know

Casazza Mural by Lidia Kenig Scher ©2009
Mural for Dental Office in Wakefield, MA by Lidia Kenig Scher
Wakefield Mural-Side View by Lidia Kenig Scher
Wakefield Mural-Side View by Lidia Kenig Scher

Art placement in the home or workplace constitutes a very important feature in the total design scheme. It emphasizes the theme, sets a tone for the space and it is used to enhance or offset a particular area. To orchestrate an optimal environment, we must not only consider the art’s size, shapes, colors and textures, but carefully appraise its vibrational component. For although the art’s vibrational field cannot be readily seen, it deeply affects people living and working in the space more than we know.

Whether the art is in the kitchen where everyone gathers or is hanging within clear view of an employee who sits by it day after day, people will naturally react sensorially to its presence yet be unaware of its impact of their moods, thoughts and actions. A receptionist facing a problem with a co-worker or a client may feel negatively or hopeful as the art quietly hangs behind her. Dinner time maybe something families look forward to or inexplicably feel detached, while a vibrantly colored painting presides over the dining area. A mural, such as the one in the photo, may represent an element in the work environment that creates the very atmosphere to which a staff member looks forward to returning every day, even if those who have seen the same piece daily will report that they “don’t even notice it anymore”. It affects them none the less. You may ask why?

Each form, shape, size, color, texture, pattern, rhythm, lines, materials and techniques used in creating the art is composed of atoms, molecules, and particles that work together by emitting energy or a vibrational field. Each action, thought, emotion, timing and space related to creating it, is composed of the same elements and it also emits a particular vibrational field.

Artworks’ energy field that began with the artist’s intention at conception, once placed in an environment becomes a physical presence “visually-speaking” those intentions, through the media used, the composition and the absence or presence of recognizable elements. As windows into a different world, art’s visual imagery forces viewers to shut off human’s natural tendencies toward speech, eliciting emotional reactions to the piece without fully realizing it. After all it is just hanging there.

This mural created as a focal point for a busy dental office is seen by everyone who enters the clinical area, and sits right across a large open reception station. It had to provide relief from the steady inflow and outflow of patients to and fro treatment rooms, consultation stations and financial issues for 3 to 4 clerks and it had to invite movement in a very busy and possibly crowded hallway. It does all of it and more.

Painted on a rounded wall abutting the laboratory, the art is seen from the reception desk as convex thus appearing to move away from the reception desk, curving in the opposite way. The moving graceful figures encourage people’s perception of spaciousness and ease, manifesting as flow for patients checking out, and for those going to the treatment rooms and clinical areas. The surrealistic style of the mural provides plenty of whimsy, open to myriad of interpretations. The staff delights telling stories of people who see it as a new addition (it was created before the office ever opened), the variety of assigned meanings and the ability to yet discover new shapes, 8 years since its creation. I intended the art to also provide stability and continued growth to the business. The 98” x 144” custom mural succeeded in every aspect.

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