Today I’m returning Inside the Studio with Morgan Santander, an artist and art educator who I met earlier this year. Morgan has an amazing painting studio space inside the former Marshall High school on Blanahassett Island where I met him via a mutual friend . I’m thrilled Morgan spontaneously said yes! These photo’s are not styled in any way, in fact, the visit was totally unplanned so this is typical of what his working studio looks like on an average day. These photo’s are not styled and are typical of what her working studio looks like on an average day.
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.
Inside the Studio with Morgan Santander Part II
If you missed Part I, it’s here.
Artist Morgan Santander’s Studio Sneak Peek
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HKPS:: How or did you learn your organizing habits and systems? Do you consider yourself to be organized?
MS::29 years of artistic practice has given me a sense of my needs as an artist. I like heavy items on wheels. My studio needs to be able to easily convert into a makeshift woodshop, a photo studio, a show space, a painting studio, and an office at any given time. I am relatively organized.
HKPS:: What tips can you offer regarding your use of schedules, systems, tools or processes that help you maintain organization in your studio?
MS::If space is limited take advantage of vertical space and build the necessary storage accordingly. I have two industrial bread carts on wheels that hold about 20 plastic dish tubs each. They are excellent at storing tons of things in a small amount of space.
HKPS:: Do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space on a regular basis?
MS::I de-clutter frequently and whenever I’ve had to move studios, I tend to get rid of lots of unfinished paintings and unused items when transitioning to a new space.
HKPS::Is there anything you keep in your studio strictly for fun or inspiration? Is there anything you intentionally don’t have in your studio due to distraction?
MS::Other than art books, not much that I can think of. (HKPS::when I was there I noticed a source for music and playing music-maybe an instrument or two laying around?)
HKPS:: Do you notice cycles or phases of projects that are more or less organized in your creative process?
MS::Yes, working on collages is often a little chaotic since it requires expansive surface area to spread out and analyze vast amounts of materials. It seems the chaos and randomness becomes part of the creative process when working on collage.
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? How do you store/archive your work or records?
MS::I want my work to be pertinent to the historic time and space within which it is produced. Much of my work is large format paintings and I occasionally unstretch older canvases I don’t plan on exhibiting anytime soon and keep them in large tubes for long term storage. I keep good photo records of all substantive work completed.
Thank you Morgan for for sharing this sneak peek into your working studio spaces and how you work! Please check out Morgan’s own site if you haven’t already where you can find out about his upcoming shows, current work and more! If you have any questions for him, or for me please leave them in the comments below.