Sensitive spaces can cover a range of places. Mostly, a sensitive space refers to a quiet environment, or a place where vulnerable individuals may visit. Libraries are a good example, due to their quiet, studious nature, as are the offices of counsellors, who need to provide a friendly place for people to open up to them. In these cases, it can be challenging to properly decorate the space while ensuring that the artwork is appropriate. Past the colour scheme and the furniture, proper art use can be the final touch on a space that really ties everything together.
People who are vulnerable, or those that often visit sensitive places, need a different kind of inspiration in life to your standard day to day person walking on the street. They are the people who get easily lost in music, and draw as a way to express themselves. They are the writers that have written everything from a sonnet to an experimental piece about insomnia. They are the dream-walkers of life that are often underestimated. The book worms, the nerds, the people with secrets to hide. But the majority of them all have the same kinds of interests, and art, more often than not, is one of them.
It doesn’t have to be the same kind of art that you’d see in a museum, the traditional pieces that call to developed art-lovers who have spent years studying the history of single artists. But the art you display in these sensitive spaces needs to be of a certain kind. It needs to inspire. To make people feel like they aren’t alone. To show them that passion is something more than drive, it’s life.
Those who visit sensitive spaces often have great imaginations and curious minds. Art is a comfort, a wonder of the universe, something to centre people in times where they feel exposed. In a world filled with material objects, these people look for detail, for a quality that sets one object apart from another.
Displaying artworks in these spaces can assist in helping these people acclimatise to the world around them. Art is a visualisation of feeling and emotions. It is passion and inspiration in the purest form that an individual can create. Art helps people connect with each other, it’s natural, and it can be the best kind of distraction – especially in places that can cause anxiety, like offices or surgeries.
Provided that you choose the right kind of art, there’s no way for a piece to have a negative effect on a sensitive space. Stay away from certain niches, and stick to pieces that are bright with colour and detail. These are the pieces that will gain the most focus from the people you’re trying to reach out to. We are drawn to colour, and interesting medium uses. Art isn’t just a painting, it is a wealth of imagination that can be drawn from; someone’s entire world caught in a single moment, a structure, the stroke of a paintbrush, or the line of a pencil sketch.