When touring open studios, it’s best to travel with artists. I was lucky enough to experience GO in Brooklyn with Joy Walker (her work on the left) and Sara Sill. Joy’s bravery/charm got us into a studio that wasn’t technically on the tour: Erica Rosenfeld’s sunlit, colorful space (on the right). Erica apologized for the mess, but we were too distracted by her incredible 3-D mood board to care. Plastic baby dolls, passport photos, a Spam tin that had its own sunny halo.
This is the whole reason I wanted to do the tour in the first place. Sometimes I’m way more fascinated by an artist’s space than the art itself. It made me want to create a writer’s inspiration table. For what I’m working on right now I’d gather lots of gruesome stuff—monster illustrations, anatomy diagrams, maybe some bones? Huh. Maybe I should have two mood boards—one dark, one light. And a curtain in between. —Claire