Inside the Artist’s Studio

After visiting the Factor XX artist studios in June, it was a pleasure and honor to get a peek into their art practice.  For each artist, creating art includes an unique vision and knowing your needs.  Holly Myers of the Los Angeles Times wrote an article about artist Anna Sew Hoy and her art practice.  It caught my attention because it investigates and expands what it means to have an art studio. 

For example, Ms. Hoy used to have a studio in a large building.  Instead of moving to a garage or sectioned back room, her Highland Park bungalow is her art studio.  Anna’s art is in the bedroom, the workshop in the back, there’s another room to look at stuff, the dining room is full of sculptures, and the mantel is covered in materials.   She lives and breathes art.  The art studio isn’t confined to one space but is flexible according to her needs.

Similarly, I understand Anna’s vision.  It involves a sense of ownership, not having to deal with studio roommates, and taking control of your time.  However, studios are unique to the vision and needs of each artist.  According to Hoy: “It’s about how these things get into the weave of your daily life to where you don’t even notice it.”  Her art, practice, and materials have merged with the routine of daily existence.  

What is the meaning behind Hoy’s art?  According to Holly Myers, Anna: “… works  in familiar, even mundane materials, often intertwining ceramic forms with fabrics (especially denim), metal elements, wood, rubber, mirrors and commonplace items such as necklace chains, sunglasses and cellphone cords.”  The familiar has become art by manipulating it into forms outside of “normal” use.  She then places a new definition on the reclaimed material.  The line becomes blurred and expanded just like her studio space.

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