STUDIO 14 - WHEN SPACE BECOME A PLACE 2023

Installation View

Artist himself

This work is a part of my ongoing project about learning and understanding “Artist’s Studio” as a site and its different connotations.

As we know, an artist’s workspace is called a “Studio.” Interrogating this idea of studio space raises a few questions: What kinds of workspaces do the artist use to think, work, and live in? Why and how does this space matter to any artist/non-artist? Engaging with these inquiries, I see the studio as a physical space where artists think, create, and often display their processes. It can be a private or shared space or in various built-in settings, such as a home, a commercial building, or a public studio.

For many artists, their studio is not just a physical place but also a mental and emotional one. The environment of the studio can have a significant impact on the artist’s work and overall well-being. The design and structure of a studio can also affect their creative process. The idea of the studio has expanded in the contemporary thought process. Nowadays, it is more comprehensive than just four walls. The Artists carry their studio in their minds everywhere.

In this site-specific Installation in my studio space, all the displayed photographs, drawings, objects, text, plants, and other interventions witness the time, change, and relation with this particular place. With time, this space became like a home, a metaphor for my safe place.

Collecting and engaging with various found objects from nearby places, I brought them to the studio space, which in a way, altered their meanings, giving them new connotations and meanings. The studio site became a rehearsal floor for me, where a kind of drama or play happens between the objects and their several interpretations. For instance, white foam sheets on the floor bed resemble a fragile floor that only I can access, which creates a specific passage for the viewer to access this space. This wooden ramp created a specific route to enter the artist’s space/mind. The studio is always a work in progress and an experiential area. After finishing the display, this space becomes alive and dead simultaneously since it loses its mobility.