I am tentatively settling in here. I have lived in this house for three years now, a remarkably long time for someone who has moved as many times as I have. This is my eleventh city. I have taken a few years of from working in the studio and have re-established it here in Grove City. The studio renovation means that I’m committing to this place. At least for now. It scares me to be in a place too long; I’ve never done it.
Having a place to work is extremely important for an artist. I am weary of having my tools and materials scattered throughout my already too-small home. The walls in my studio space already hold within them love and care, as my father sacrificed his time and energy to help me put it together. My generous husband has worked so hard in that tiny space to move things out, tear down old lumber, and move sculptures from place to place. This weekend we will transport heavy molds and giant sculptures to the new storage space. Their generosity and encouragement makes my heart soar.
I was envying the studio of my friend and mentor, Malcolm Harlow. He told me that he was sixty years old before he moved in to the fabulous studio space that I came to know. He told me to have patience. Sculptors need a lot of patience. It is a slow medium. Making a good space takes time as well.
Anyhow, I read enjoyed this post on famous artists’ studios. I especially like Henry Moore’s space. It reminds me a little of my own; and it’s about the same size.