My studio is bigger than it’s physical space. It includes conversations with professionals of other fields, like researchers, curators, peers, historians, architects, gardeners, social workers, etc. In recent years, these encounters and consultations lead to collaborations and exciting team-work. I see this process reflecting the complex time we live in and embrace it with curiosity and engagement.
What you see here are studio-views from the past three decades that show the roots of many of my fictitious characters’ environments.
They also show experimental, unconventional sculptural work in progress. Looking at these I notice I tend to combine materials that are not really meant to be used together, and to grab any object around me, thriving on the spontaneity of the moment when I have something literally “cooking on the stove”. As a result, those experimental processes can lead to new bodies of work that I hadn’t conceptualized in the first place. These studio-explorations later speak back to me and ask for assessment, conceptualization and further research in order to develop, perhaps, into “works of art”.
Lots of early works were not documented, and many others are not yet digitized. Still, I sense these photographs open a window into the intimate process of my studio practise.
IH, Toronto, April 2020
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