The Inhabit Project

I started a new collaboration with Vanessa of moira & obbie this month. We're calling it The Inhabit Project. We chose the word 'inhabit' as a starting point for our work. And now for our start. This is my first piece:

2 of 9 drawers used, 2011. 18"x18", Hemp napkin.
I have been studying Thomas Nozkowski's 'cool down' drawings ever since Found While Walking amazingly compared our work. I'm also reading a book about the mysteries of artist's studios and how we inhabit them. I wondered what would happen if I collected my  sewing remnants at the end of a week of art making and made 'images' of what you would find in my studio at the end of the day. My first piece 2 of 9 drawers used is an elevation view of my Ikea cabinets and shows the two drawers I used last week. I like the idea of not having control over materials (only using leftover fabric) and having the layout dictated by what exists. I can only control how those two elements will meet.

And now for Vanessa's beautiful first piece.

Ramshackle, 2011. 22 1/2" x 30 1/2"  remnants on muslin.
In her words: This is my first piece, a kind of a psycho emotional house, all ramshackle and falling down. nothing quite the same, nothing exactly like any other, nothing perfect. this would be how at moments i imagine my brain, a certain uniformity that we all share/inhabit, four walls, but mine somehow tumble down and on the verge of coming apart yet steady stable solid lived in comfortable. it is the place to come home to, to laugh within her walls, to holdfast to, for what if somebody tore her down, where would i be....

See more of moira & obbie's work here. We're busy working away on our next pieces. More coming soon!


Lari Washburn said...

Kathryn, this looks wonderful. You do get up to some good projects! What is that book about artist's studios? And I saw your BEAUTIFUL sketchbook on Saturday...posted about it!

kathrynclark said...

Thanks for sharing the sketchbook! Forgot to post a link about the book. It's called The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists. http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/S/bo8725125.html

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

It's a nice piece you made Kathryn!
Love the combination of colors and the surprice of the round form in between the others.

**EYE-SNACKS** said...

hmm,thinking about Japan?

Anonymous said...

Hi Katherine, your new project is fascinating. I can't wait to see where it goes. I'd love to know the name of the book about the mystery of artist studios and "how we inhabit them" as both an artist and expert organizer as well. Cheer!

Kitty Kilian said...

Hi K., A quick comment from Canada: this looks really great and promising more! I see some foreclosure influence too..

julochka said...

i saw your photos of this project on flickr - the thoughts behind the project are as beautiful as the pieces. wonderful.


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