My new studio is a large, light-filled space with so much room I admit at first I wasn’t quite sure how to fill it! I am installing a gallery hanging system so that I can continually change the work exhibited on the wall for studio visits, photoshoots, and for my own contemplation. It isn’t until you view your work hanging on the wall that you realize the importance of seeing it all together. Seeing four of ‘The Mysteries’ display together on a wall in ‘Women of the Pandemic’ at the Qatar America Institute for Culture is a gift! The series was only in bits and pieces in my mind, seeing it together, at least in part, allows it to coalesce.
I have plenty of space for tables and I can keep the racks of packing materials and frames waiting for just the right piece of art in the unfinished area of the basement, allowing for less clutter. I have also installed shelves to display empty frames. I have collected a number of interesting antique and vintage frames over the last two years. Having the frames on view will keep them present in my mind and allow me to find or create the right match for them. I feel lucky to have a space large enough that I can surround myself with possibilities visually. I am also of the opinion that frames are artful in of themselves and should be enjoyed as such. Some of my pieces have started with the desire to fill a particular frame and others start with the art first.
I look forward to sharing studio updates with you as the space evolves!