I spend a great deal of time thinking about the term ‘space’ in its’ various contexts. The word itself is magnificent when spoken, of it’s own accord, beckoning vastness upon exhaling its’ sound.
I liken space to a belief system in that, as in any belief system, it is advisable to experience its’ differing aspects if being a well rounded human is something that interests you. Obviously this is an area of inquiry matched perfectly with a generous lifespan.
By definition we know space to be:
a) ‘a continuous area or expance which is free, available, or unoccupied’
b) ‘position (two or more items) at a distance from one another’
Space is; we have a relationship with things because of it. The opposite being that things are, and because they are we build an interactive relationship with space. This relationship is of great importance, especialy to those in creative industries. A very general statement on my part, and Odili Odita comments on this very notion briefly as he describes his work in a panel discussion mediated by Robert Storr.
For the purpose of this article however, I refer to space solely in terms of a studio. In this context a studio is a work place which is exclusively to encounter ones creativity freely and productively, ideally without disruption; mental and or physical; as an artist or maker.
I know artists who have a studio – though state they lack the mental clarity required to work in it.
I know artists who haven’t a deligated space so anywhere becomes their studio, because it’s either somewhere or insanity.
Writers tucked away in their walk-in robe at a makeshift desk at 4am to punch out several hundred words before their kids wake.
Painters using the legde of their fireplace for brushes and paints in their loungeroom while their easel is a step away from their two seater couch, which is half a step away from their desk, which is also in the lounge room because it won’t fit anywhere else. Completed paintings stored in other peoples garages because they don’t have one, whilst the bedroom serves as a gallery of its’ own accord curated with blank canvases stacked up against the wall.
Studios facilitate different needs for artists. I question my need for a studio for professional and personal reasons. That questioning was the impetus for this article. Considering I had one which I left to work from home; thought I needed one again, to then decide I don’t, because the responsibility to my work is more important than where I create it.
I consider the following daily: studio space, wall space, exhibition space, storage space, viewing space, clear space, phsycological space, financial space, geographical, societal. Layers and layers of notions of space which impact creativity and productivity and validate professional Artists to varying degrees.
Knowing these layers so initimately I simply offer this:
‘If the desire within you to express something cannot be contained within you, the space it finds outside of you will always serve it better.’ – Said