As mentioned in my last post, I have moved my work station to the center of our loft. I am still adjusting to the new workflow. Although I purged many materials, I haven't felt any missing or longing for any particular thing yet. As an artist working in various materials, my studio began bulging and overflowing into our living areas, as well as into my partner's music studio. I didn't think anything of it. Not being selfish, I admit working in the zone or searching for it everyday made me unaware of the division of space and how my materials were everywhere. Nails, a hammer, levels, paint brushes, etc. left on our kitchen work tables or sometimes on the dining table! I am very forunate my family has been tolerant of me and continue to allow me such freedom in our work/live home. (Well, I am here all the time while they are out most days working so that makes me queen of the castle)... laughing!
During this past week, I realized how our studio can create a responsibility to our "stuff". And, many of you know that I have explored and worked on a variety of projects in many mediums from painting in Acrylics, Oils, Encaustic, Gouache, Gel Mediums, Encaustic Monotypes, Cardboard, Tape, Drawing, Collages, and digital etc. How did this happen? All I can say is that my tremendous need to make something pretty much every day even if for only 30 mins or the whole day is how I roll. I love the dynamics of multi-tasking too. Therefore, I slip in and out of the studio easily into the kitchen to prep and cook dinner while waiting for something in the studio to set up.
How is your studio space evolving? A few thoughts from me on the working studio.
We are the keeper of all our work which brings up the subject that we artmakers often talk about. Here are somemore "S" words -- "Storage", "Space", and "Saving". I find myself, on a good day, figuring out how to evaluate whether the work that returns is something I must store again, or is it time to bring it to the dumpsters? Often, I have painted over older paintings but realize those paintings have never really panned out for me.
Our studio doesn't have to look like some atelier! We all know when we watch interviews or see photos of artists' studios, it can look so pristine, organized and clean (my photos too). While we're working, everything around us is not so attended to in order to get into the realm of working.
I searched around for some photos of my studio and its evolution. These are various periods of working which I have captured . I thought it would feel overwhelming to see them, but it's somewhat fascinating to look back at my working practices, and the various stages relating and reminding me of what was or wasn't going on in my life.
How is your studio evolving? I have worked in small apartments and built large panels on a small deck too! A studio is wherever you are spending time crafting and creating.
My life and art have not been separated. They have been together. -Eva Hesse