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A View From the Easel

This week, artist studios in Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Montana, and Switzerland.

The 112th 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.

Leonor Anthony, Miami, FL (site)

My name is Leonor Anthony, and this is my studio space. It is located in the Bird Road Art District in Miami. The area is comprised of mostly Latin American and Cuban artists. Even though my studio is a warehouse space, it has very high ceilings and a front glass door that allows beautiful light to get in. In this image you see several works, most of which are in progress, even though they are hanging. By hanging them up I have a different perspective of how the work is coming along, as if it were being seen by someone else. On the tables on the right, I am working with found objects to create a self portrait. Under the tables is a silhouette of one of my interns. Every time I get a new one, she goes on the floor, and I sketch her body. This practice usually gives them a clear idea that this is no normal internship. This is my little piece of heaven, where all things insignificant and great alike can have their place in a piece of art.

Judy Kirpich, Lewes, DE (site)

After working out of my son’s 8 x 10 foot bedroom for nine years, where I had one five-foot folding table and one 6 x 8 foot pinnable design wall, I was finally able to build my dream studio on our property in Lewes, Delaware. I work in textiles and need very large walls to pin up fabric. I now have six pinnable areas that are 14 feet high and 12 feet wide that allow me to work on six or so pieces at a time. I also have two industrial cutting tables that have totally changed the way that I work. Finally, I have room to stand back and see my work from a distance. And I don’t have to remove one piece to work on another.

I do very complicated piecing and am generally a neat freak. I tend to keep my tables as clean as possible, and as this is a dry barn with no plumbing, I have an incentive to keep the place orderly. As I am not a dyer, the lack of water and sinks is not a problem.

The barn studio features wooden floors that were salvaged  from the roof beams of row houses that were being demolished in Baltimore by the nonprofit organization Brick + Board that my son directs. This wood normally ends up in landfills, and I love the fact that I have built my studio out of recycled materials. I enjoy walking barefoot around the studio and being able to stand back and see my work from a distance. I still work in my son’s old bedroom when I am at our house near DC, but my heart is in my studio in Delaware.

Robert Kirov, Zurich, Switzerland (site)

This is my studio, and it is located in a small, garden-like environment close to the lake. It’s very Epicurean, which is my favorite part. I even live there, even though it’s not allowed, but tant pis — I guess the gardener got used to it. We even wave to each other when our eyes meet. We see a picture of the patron saint of visual artists, his holiness Bob Ross.

As we move our sight to the right, there is my musical equipment. I like to play some tunes or drones as I work with other materials. I really think it helps to create a mood or something. On the wall is a painting I did from a series. Right in front of the picture is a sculpture with the title “60,000 years of rain.” Above is a closable roof, and when it rains, every single drop of rain is audible. Another nice feature is that it gets really bright as the sun shines in the studio. It is much bigger, but this is my primary workplace.

Jane Deschner, Billings, MT (site)

My studio is in a converted, 1946 sheet metal shop that my partner and I remodeled into a live/work space six years ago, after our home was totaled by fallen rocks. My space is upstairs in the back of the building. The floor is original and came with holes and abundant splinters that I continue to abate by nailing license plates over the worst places. Around the room is my collection of Jesus images (the 1960s paint-by-number on the right is my latest acquisition), skulls and skeletons, and friend-made artworks.

I make work with 20th-century found photos. The ones that I’ve sorted are stored in plastic boxes and binders in the shelves against the wall. I spend my mornings at the computer where I read about art and politics, answer and send emails, collect anecdotes from obituaries, do an occasional graphic design job, and scan and typeset photos for hand-stitching. Afternoons are spent away from the keyboard at the drafting table on the other end of the space. I’ve created a satisfying nest.

Frank Gonzales, Tempe, AZ (site)

My name is Frank Gonzales, and I live in Mesa, AZ. My studio is in Tempe, AZ in the back of my mom’s house. It’s actually the same house I grew up in. After living on both coasts for a total of 12 years and having a son in 2014, I got my mom to agree to build a studio in her backyard. My wife and I lived close enough where I could get work done and be home in an emergency. My practice changed when we had our son. Working nights wasn’t cutting it any longer, so I now get up at 5:00 am and get in the studio before my day job so I can have evenings with my family. Its a 10 by 26 foot space and functions pretty perfectly, minus not having running water and a bathroom — but that’s what mom’s house is for. In December, we bought a house in Mesa, and now we’re a little farther away, but I still maintain the same schedule.

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