By most standards, Tam Stone would be considered an accomplished professional in her field. As a Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Tam was a nationally recognized expert in process design and quality management, as well as a respected teacher and administrator. Her resume boasts numerous nationally funded research studies, journal publications and even a leading book on the subjects. While climbing the professional and academic ladder, Tam often turned to interior design as a source of personal satisfaction. In recent years, she worked in her spare time as lead interior designer for significant period properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as a wide range of other projects, including large scale remodels of manor homes, urban garden apartments, mountain/beach retreats, and corporate offices.
When I am designing a space that is dramatic, I focus on the client's lifestyle "how chic can I design the space without losing functionality?" In other words, "Luxury vs. Function". If you lived in a place that is spectacular, would you sit on the furniture? It is important not to sacrifice comfort for special effects. It is actually the decor that first catches my eye as a designer. I love the opportunity to peek into the homes of people whom I admire. As my interest in photography becomes more important to my life and career, I am always looking at the work of others as inspiration. My designs reflect my passion for life, and my photography helps me to remember all the unusual and wonderful objects I see and collect in my travels.
An icon of global visual culture, The Scream is instantly recognizable - from Beijing to Moscow to New York. Since its creation at the turn of the 20th century, the provocative work has only gained relevance and impact over time. The haunting composition stands as the visual embodiment of modern anxiety and existential dread, referenced by everyone from Andy Warhol to The Simpsons. Edvard Munch and The Scream have been the subject of countless books, scholarly articles, films and museum exhibitions.
Of the four versions of the work, the present The Scream is distinguished in several remarkable ways: it is the most colorful and vibrant of the four; the only version whose original frame was hand-painted by the artist to include his poem detailing the work’s inspiration; and the only version in which one of the two figures in the background turns to look outward onto the cityscape. This version has never before been on public view in either the UK or US, except briefly in the National Gallery in Washington D.C. decades ago.