Welcome to the 208th installment of A View From the Easel, a series in which artists reflect on their workspace. In this edition, artists work alongside their children and loved ones, enjoy the porch as a painting studio, honor soil amidst the climate crisis, and use paint to give old rags new life.

Want to take part? Check out our submission guidelines and share a bit about your studio with us! All mediums and workspaces are welcome, including your home studio.

Andrea Belag, Far Rockaway, Queens

My summer studio came about during the first months of the lockdown. It was unbearable for me to stay in downtown Manhattan. I was lucky to escape to my 500-square-foot bungalow in Far Rockaway and painted on my back porch, under the Pergola.

The table was the only original remnant in the bungalow when I moved in and I knew it would become my studio. The old wavy glass top is a perfect support for my works on paper and I continue to use the space to paint.

Jordan Buschur, Toledo, Ohio

This is a view of my studio, located in my house. At some point in 2021, with the arrival of my third child and the stress of raising small children in a pandemic, it no longer made sense to keep a studio outside the house. My partner helped me envision the layout, transforming a bedroom in our house into a studio workspace. We installed drywall over the existing walls and covered the wood floors to protect the room, then added track lighting and large shelving units. Initially it was hard for me to get excited about it, but now I can’t imagine a better work environment for my current situation. My kids are young (two, four, six) and I have childcare help to cover my part-time teaching responsibilities but not much else. What’s a parent-artist to do? I have adapted to shorter work sessions, and moving my workspace into my home allows me to dip in whenever I have a free moment, especially during naptime and at night. The work/life balance is completely permeable, for better or for worse. Interruptions have increased, but so has my ability to share my work with my kids. That feels important, too.

Ann Savageau, Davis, California

My studio space reflects the many projects that I am working on simultaneously. There are 17 wrapped figures standing on the floor from my Guardians series, waiting to be shipped to another venue. On the left wall are some of works painted with soils collected around the world; and wrapping around the corner are framed crocheted works made by anonymous women from previous generations, my nod to the countless women artists who were never recognized. On the worktable are several sculptures made from found objects and wood. The shelves hold supplies and more completed work. To the right of the worktable is “Scream,” a piece addressing the climate crisis. On the extreme right wall are three works made from hornet nest paper, my tribute to the genius and artistry of our insect sisters and brothers.

I like to work on several pieces at once; when I tire of what I am doing, I can turn to another piece and it recharges my energy. My work and the materials I choose to work with reflect my deep love of the natural world and my grave concern for the impending crises we are facing due to our overconsumption and pollution.

Jason Rohlf, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

My Loft Law-protected studio is located in a heavily redeveloped portion of Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s waterfront. It’s been my home and workspace for 23 years and the ever-changing neighborhood has become a constant reminder to be grateful for this creative space. Two long tables form the heart of the studio and daily piles of upcycled shop rag paintings invite the start of every morning. Work in progress is everywhere allowing for visual cross-pollination to happen. Studio plants hug the window and are constant inspiration. Natural phenomena appear in nearly every work and I like to think of the space as a field outpost for gathering observations both real and imagined.

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Lakshmi Rivera Amin

Lakshmi Rivera Amin (she/her) is a writer and artist based in New York City. She currently works as Hyperallergic's editorial coordinator.

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