Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I’ve decided to keep the line between home and studio blurry. Whether
building sculptures with the groceries, curating drawings on my fridge, or brainstorming
at the dinner table, my work creeps into a number of spaces around my home. I
keep my needlework supplies in an eclectic collection of tins, bags, and boxes,
but I’m just as likely to go digging in the kitchen cupboards or utility
closet for materials. I have a white room devoted to finishing and photographing,
but my work “happens” in the spaces of my everyday life.
My apartment used to be above a milk shop when this busy area of downtown was
countryside, at the beginning of the century. I’ve worked hard to keep it
feeling like a tranquil farmhouse, even surrounded by the hustle and bustle of
city life. One of my favorite things about my home/studio is that it helps me
to live in the precarious place between these two states of mind.
Studio photos: Joel Buchanan.
Sofi Brazzeal, Nană, 2005; cotton
embroidery floss on linen, vanilla extract, dried flower, rope, food mixer, black
tea; hand embroidery and assemblage; 16" x 28" x 6". Photo: Ronald T. Simon.