Some Women Artists and their creative space.
In this post, the first creative spaces of women artists I value highly.
Sometimes it is interesting to understand where female artists create: where the colors are, what the light is, how the space is organized for art materials.
You get a sense of what they think, what they love, how they move between colors.
Why only women?
Maybe because they mix private and artistic life, maybe because being a woman myself, I want to learn from other women how to improve my talent.
I believe in the artistic energy that is released when we women finally get together and talk about art.
Vivienne Bradshaw’s art space.
The first artist I chose is Vivienne Bradshaw.
She is very methodical, with a keen eye for nature. She never stops creating and when she needs to relieve tension and relax, she has the ocean in front of her house.
I dream a lot about Vivienne’s work and space, because when she sleeps I live and when she lives I sleep.
Australia is an ancestral and magnificent country, it would be a dream to visit it.
At the moment we talk through social and I have a lot to learn from her.
Thinking about her artistic spaces is instrumental in rethinking my spaces.
My studio is on the second floor of a building, she has her studio below the level of the house.
Here is what she says about her small artistic space:
My studio once was a galley style wine cellar.
It’s snuggled behind my kitchen. The importance of this space is in that all my artwork and supplies are in one space.
However it’s disadvantage is the lack of natural lighting. I’ve adjusted over time and appreciate the space. Most of my creative work is using paper and Sketchbook work.
Storage Space and lighting are my biggest issue. I’m grateful to live in Australia by the ocean, therefore have plenty of opportunities to access outdoor art activities. Therefore not confined to studio space.
The studio for Vivienne is a conduit between her art and the nature around her.
The lack of natural light in this case projects her outdoors and probably influences her choice of subjects.
The proximity of the kitchen, a place for centuries favored or suffered by women, is interesting, but in this case it seems to be a continuation of an inner nourishment that moves from organic food to artistic food.
Wonderful little space full of symbolism!
The art space of Irene Raspollini.
Irene Raspollini was a wonderful discovery on the Web.
She lives in the mythical Tuscany, Italy, home of the Renaissance.
Irene had a permanent job but her passion for art was stronger and now she is a full-time professional artist.
She lives in a beautiful small Tuscan town and her studio is ancient, poetic and full of small and large wonders.
I can’t get enough of looking at the photos!
Irene’s art studio is also reminiscent of food and nourishment, read what she says about the sink!
Interesting juxtaposition of the cozy place with the womb.
Here everything is born, here her art comes to light:
I have been working in my small studio in Scalvaia since 2019. It is a generous place: although I keep bringing things there, it always welcomes everything.
Fifty years ago it was the workshop of Arturo Neri known as Cianco, the village cobbler, and from family to family it has become what it was again: a place where people create and work.
At the door we are greeted by my parents’ wisteria and jasmine, arranged in two large basins that I think have now broken through, even piercing the asphalt with the taproot.
Inside the studio I have an easel and a drafting table, both donated by dear friends of mine who did not use them.
Colors, palettes, jars and rags are stowed in a cart that I can move at will. A small sink, which technically should only serve for brushes and mars, at the end of the day has seen and washed old bottles, ceramic shards, pieces of glass, and sometimes even eggs from the chicken coop.
The canvases, packing materials, and objects that have been there for years because they “can always be used,” sleep in a tiny cramped, crammed and piled up, and yet with an order of their own. To get to the bottom of the closet, the only solution remains not to get too fat.
At the wall opposite the door is the bookcase, with books now piled in double and triple rows.
The desk where I do the administration is also a handy emptying rack, and do you know how many pictures can be placed on it? And if the desk is not enough, there is always the folding work table, which technically can be closed as needed, but in practice always remains open and available, because there are never enough places to lean.
On the walls, in addition to some paintings that I wouldn’t know where to store, hang photos of strangers that remind me why I love portraits so much. Then there are the shelves with the earths, pigments, binders, and paints-the witchcraft and kindred department, to be sure.
The light, despite the effort, is poor, as poor as befits a “low room” on the ground floor, but also a womb. Then again, to unearth mottles and misplaced colors one can always take the painting to the garden, it’s not far away anyway.
Meli Valdès Sozzani’s art space.
About Meli Valdès Sozzani’s work I have already discussed in a recent post.
Her artistic world is dense with symbolism, vivid colors, and mythology.
I always thought she had a huge studio and to my surprise the vastness of the spaces she paints and the long tall figures that look like giants do not correspond to the reality of a huge studio.
Art can be illusion, one of its beauties.
Here is the brief description of her art space:
Here is a selection of pictures of my art working space.
I like to be surrounded by books and of course paintings (everywhere!).
I have a small room very sunlit where I draw or work on small pieces, in this room I also keep artbooks and store materials, canvases and frames. For larger pieces I work in the next room that’s a bit bigger, though space seems never enough!
I think that the thing I love the most about my studio is the light it has and the fact that it is warm in the winter, and breezy in the summer when you open the windows.
I just loved the post on your blog and the images of your studio, it’s just beautiful, cozy and full of wonderful artworks!
Observe the order, the colors, the light.
You breathe in accuracy, contemporaneity, and lots of projects in progress.
What do all these art studies (and I would add my own) have in common?
The organization of space that is never much and yet we always try to expand it.
The mixture of food (the nearby kitchen, the sink for rinsing brushes and eggs) concrete and soul food.
We all have art books and bookshelves in our space, we all organize as much as possible art materials, objects found on the street, collections that we will one day use.
We all need light and organize between outside and inside.
The space tells so much about our art.
If you reading this and have an art studio, write to me!
I would love to share art space experiences with you.