Bruce Nauman: "I was an artist and I was in the studio, so whatever I was doing in the studio must be art."
Delacroix, the more romantic, describes the studio as: "...the crucible where human genius at the apogee of its development brings back to question not only that which is, but creates anew a fantastic and conventional nature which our weak minds, impotent to harmonize it with existing things, adopt by preference, because the miserable work is our own."
And the more direct and slightly less intimidating words about his studio from a very old abstract expressionist painter: "Don't go in there. I have been making wild passionate love in there for fifty years. It is not pretty."
This year, because of the pandemic, there was not the usual seasonal transfer from country studio to city studio. For the first time since buying our country home in 1986, we decided not to return to the city and to spend the winter in Pine Plains. Because the country studio is not fully insulated and has a concrete floor that holds the cold, I needed another space, a heated space, in which to work.
A room above the metal working shop of the artist and artisan, Tim Jones, became the solution. Tim had been using the room only as a storage space. Once emptied, it became a room large enough for some painting. I brought in some lights and a lot of my painting stuff --- a working studio requires a lot of stuff. I began work there in November and just moved back into my own studio at the end of March. It was a good five months.
The space in which I worked is on the second floor of Stissing Design. Tim's working areas are to the left. On the first floor of this section is a display area for Tim's work that is now being transformed into an art gallery for the work of many local artists.