In today’s interview, we will take a peek into Chambers Austell’s Organized Art Space in her Charleston home studio. Last summer I went to visit Chambers after having her on my “artists to interview” list for a good while, thanks Chambers for inviting us in! Come along and take a peek at how she created this beautiful working studio! These photos are not styled so this is typical of what her working studio looks like on an average day.
Organized Art Space-Part I
HKPS:: When did you realize you were an artist?
Chambers:: As a young child.
HKPS:: What materials you work with?
Chambers:: Acrylic, chalk, and wax pastel
HKPS:: Is making art your primary source of income? Do you have a partner who helps to support you?
Chambers:: No, I am the Outreach Coordinator for Redux Contemporary Art Center. I also teach private lessons and have a partner that supports me.
HKPS:: How much time do you spend in your studio weekly/daily?
Chambers:: 40 hours
HKPS:: Do you work in solitude/seek out solitude or enjoy company (music, other people etc)?
Chambers:: It depends on what I’m working on. I listen to music, podcasts, play movies, as well as work in silence.
HKPS:: Where do you make your art, how big is your studio and how long have you been in this space?
Chambers:: I have worked from my house studio (225 sq ft) for the past 3 years.
HKPS:: When you began working in this space did you plan any systems for the overall set up or did you let things evolve organically? How did past studio spaces or systems influence this space?
Chambers:: I let the space evolve organically. The organization of my studio is influenced by my current work needs and not of past spaces.
HKPS:: Do you use personal objects & memorabilia? Do you collect found objets or other ephemera, things that evoke your childhood or playful nature?
Chambers:: I do collect objects. Some are from my childhood, some are objects I find interesting. (HKPS-note, she has a delightful collection of family heirlooms she surrounds herself with in her home and studio:)
HKPS::Do these collections ever overwhelm you and if so how and when do you curate-edit them?
Chambers:: I am never overwhelmed by them.
HKPS:: Do you have a mantra, muse, mascot or area that you dedicate as an altar? OR-do you have any rituals, superstitions or routines you practice regularly in your studio?
ARTIST LEGACY & PROCESS
HKPS:: How much thought do you give to your artistic body of work in terms of historic value and the overall legacy you will leave behind?
Chambers:: I digitally document all work.
Next week we’ll be back to share more of Chambers tips on time management, storage, and art studio organizing. In the meantime, you chan check out her website and she has an upcoming opening February 10th, Birdcage at the new Beresford Studios SC in Charleston! They have a fun little video of Chambers working in her studio on their site if you want to see more! Do you have any questions you want me to ask Barbara next week? If so please leave them in the comments below!
*The idea for the Inside the Artist Studio series began while attending an art retreat where I curiously observed the differences in the creative cycle of order and chaos and what that looks like for different individuals. I’m very interested in sharing how organizing affects the artist’s creative process. Some systems and order are vital to our creative PLAY and learning to find a balance that works to enhance your creativity is what I hope to share with you through these interviews.
Is there a particular artist whose ‘Tool kit’ you would like to see featured? Leave a comment below and let me know!