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.”
Working drawings for Eight installation, part of the SLOW: Relations and Practices exhibition (2010)
An artist pal visited my studio today and made an excellent suggestion. I’m considering including some of the ink drawings of the faces without colour (or very little colour) along with the coloured faces in my upcoming installation. I start installing at Centre A the second week of May so I still have time to try this idea out.
I’ve been musing about Mira Schor’s 1990 essay, “On Failure and Anonymity.” She writes about the creative possibilities within anonymity: “In these moments you know no one and are no one.” Nothing stands between you and what you are doing or thinking. This is the experience I seek (and often find) within my studio.
I love my studio. After years of trying to figure out the best circumstance for me to do my work I now have exactly the right space. It’s a quiet office over top a retail store. I’m the only artist in the four offices that share a front (and back) door.
My studio is pretty small, about 400 square feet, with windows facing north. One of the best features of this space is that I have a small anteroom/vestibule off of the main room where I keep all my shelving. This means my studio can be kept clear and empty for my work.
Now that I’ve documented the Family (Yoon) project, I’ll take it down, scan it (for a new video project) and put it away in storage. Working with this project for the past two years has given me tremendous insight into how individuals function within a family group. I’ll continue this exploration in my next project.