Making an art is hard work. That is what I know. Maybe hard in a happy way or maybe hard in a tearing-you-limb-from-limb way, but no matter how you slice it, hard. And of course when you have hard work to do you need a good place to do it and of course because I am a curious woman, I want to know all about your workspace, whatever you’re willing to show me or tell me or show-and-tell me.
Toronto-based photographer and arts worker Barbara Gilbert has been indulgent enough of my inquisitive nature to kindly send along some yummy photos of her old workspace and I think you should have a gander and dig ‘em like I’m diggin’ ‘em.
What I do:
Trained as a fine art photographer, but moving more and more into curatorial projects. Professionally, I’m an arts administrator and educator.
What I can tell you about my workspace:
This was my studio space when I still lived with my ex-husband. I had to fight tooth and nail for that dedicated space. Technically, we shared it (he wrote) but aside from a small desk and laptop (which I also used) that room was mine.
Random thought of profundity or absurdity or hilarity:
It doesn’t matter where you make space for your artwork. If you can afford to rent a studio space, great, but I found it cheaper to rent a larger apartment with an extra room. Right now I feel very much between things, on hiatus almost. I had such an urge to create during the last years of my marriage but now that my life has changed so much, I’m finding great creative satisfaction in the curatorial work I’m doing. I know I will come back to photography, maybe next week, maybe next year, maybe in a decade. But for now I am open to change and redirection and all that the world has to offer.
(So yo yo yo, lovely unruly reader person! I think you should take a leaf from Barbara’s book and send me some purty pics of your own workspace. You can do that by e-mailing a few small images (not bigger than 450 pixels at their largest dimension, 72 dpi, please) to the addy listed under “Contact” in the sidebar. And who knows? Maybe they’ll end up here for all the world to thrill to. Please don’t e-mail huge images. They’ll crash the unruly inbox and make the unruly proprietor extra cranky with crankysauce.)