The development of my practice depends on my interaction with others. My work reflects my desire to make sense of what I experience.
Opening your studio to another person is a circumstance fraught with difficulty. The studio is a place where one’s work is coming-into-being—it may not yet be sturdy enough to withstand another person’s scrutiny. A casual remark or observation may interrupt a tenuous proposition, upset a delicate balance.
But then again, a visitor may help you see your work as something real, something capable of creating meaning—deserving of attention.
In her essay, “A Desire of One’s Own: Psychoanalytic Feminism and Intersubjective Space” Jessica Benjamin describes intersubjectivity as a mode that, “assumes the possibility of a context with others in which desire is constituted for the self. It thus assumes the paradox that in being with the other, I may experience the most profound sense of self.”