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CHICAGO — The 61st installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace. Want to take part? Submit your studio — just check out the submission guidelines.

Sung Hwa Kim, Brooklyn, New York (site)

I see entering the studio as entering my own mind.

Things come and go pretty frequently: dirt, wood panel, plant, pebble, fabric, crate.

Most of that comes from the streets and they happen to stay a little longer in my studio.

I don’t like owning things and laying them around the studio.

Things get moved around in the space.

Nothing is permanent.

Rachel Foster, Chicago, Illinois (site)

I have a half dozen folding tables that I can set up and configure to aid in whatever I am working on. The press in the picture, is my 1921 Chandler & Price letterpress. The studio has reinforced floors to ensure that the 1,800 lb. press doesn’t fall through. I work mostly as a printmaker and hardly ever leave any paper I am working on out in the studio. All items are housed in flatfiles before I leave.

Jean Nagai, Olympia, Washington (site)

This is my studio in a converted garage. I’ve lived in this room for about five years now. This room comes with a shower, toilet, and washer and dryer and the rent is $200 a month. I have four separate tables in here, two for drawing and one for music. I recently put in another table so I can draw in front of the window and look at the nature outside. It’s beautiful here in the spring and summer. It rains most of the fall and winter. Nature and all the wild seasons play into my work.

Music is very important to me so it’s necessary to have a stereo with lots of records in here. One of the speakers actually has a sticker from Barry McGee. I also like playing electronic music so I’ll do that when I want to think in a different way. Most of the artwork around my room was made by friends. I like looking at their work when I don’t want to look at mine. I also hang out with my dog Reggie a lot and we recently got a cat, Meezy. They are best friends.

Christine Migala, Harvard, Illinois (site)

I waited a long time for this space! I started working at this old factory which was/is being renovated, The Starline Factory. Currently, there are about 25 occupied studios with a waiting list for more. It’s eight miles from home so the commute is not bad at all. I’ve been in this studio for about 18 months, and I am still settling in. It has good natural light and high ceilings. I can work and several projects simultaneously. I am very happy here. Not only do I get to make art, but I get to garden all year long too. I take care of an indoor garden in the converted Boiler Room.

Jon Blatchford, Sabbathday Lake, Maine (site)

The view on the left is of my big easel set up at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village here in Maine. I work outside as often as I can. The Shaker community has several hundred acres of forest, orchards, fields, and pasture. Most of my work over the past two years has been views of their farm, painted on site.

My studio is located in the upstairs of a barn. I recently finished and painted the sheetrock, and its much brighter inside now. I have a large ping-pong table that I lay stuff out on, which is covered in paint palettes right now. Behind and to the right is a large wall that I hang paintings and sketches on while I work on them.

The sloped ceiling of the barn is a little tough to work around, but the ‘unusable’ space nearest the outside walls makes for great storage with plenty of space to keep all my tools and materials — and finished paintings as well. I keep a few plants near the two windows in the back of the photo. I put lights on them this year.

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Philip A Hartigan

Philip Hartigan is a UK-born artist and writer who now lives, works and teaches in Chicago. He also writes occasionally for Time Out-Chicago. Personal narratives (his own, other peoples', and invented)...

One reply on “A View from the Easel”

  1. Re: Jon Blatchford. As a quick note, I took the photo of my studio over the holidays, and thats why I mentioned my plants and the lights. I guess i forgot about the backlog of submissions, haha 🙂 Thanks so much for posting and GREAT work, everyone!! 🙂

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