This week, we’re back featuring the wonderful Charleston Artist, Lese Corrigan. I’ve been visiting Corrigan Gallery since moving to Charleston and have the utmost respect for Lese in her curating of contemporary art in the Charleston market. She graciously invited us to sneak into her studio space despite post-hurricane cleanup and her upcoming show! These photos are not styled so this is typical of what her working studio looks like on an average day, though she has been undergoing a bit of cleanup necessary due to hurricane Matthew and the related leaks and such that happen in older building in the lowcountry!
Lese Corrigan’s Charleston Studio Part II (see Part I here)
HKPS::How many projects are you usually working on at once?
Lese:: Two or three, one piece at a time. Space and time constraints mostly limit me.
Lese:: Only after moving which I have done several times. I still have studio objects, not in the main studio, but at home in the not ready mini studio.
HKPS:: Do you notice cycles or phases of projects that are more or less organized in your creative process?
Lese:: Yes – neat to start, mess during, and organize after finishing.
Lese:: Both. Time discipline is a necessity that gets shoved to the side often – I speak of the time-space continuum – one needs time and space and they need to run together and continue forward.
HKPS::Do you set any self-imposed limitations (to your schedule, material use etc)? Is there anything you intentionally don’t have in your studio due to distraction?
Lese:: There is usually a set of parameters for each body of work and usually something challenging such as using the Golden Mean for each piece and part of a piece in a series with divisions between parts that still add up to the Fibonacci sequence numbers. Another example might be the Single House woodcut series where they are only the facade with no vegetation and only singles meaning a structure with the entrance through the piazza.
Lese:: Trial and error, and both!
HKPS:: Do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space on a regular basis?
Lese:: I often feel that a studio that is too organized regularly is a bit stifling – the afraid to mess up theory. That being said, the studio needs to be clean and tools clean and put in their place.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about how Lese keeps her studio in order! If you’re in Charleston, please stop by Corrigan Gallery for her latest show, (In)Spires-part one, oils & woodcuts. And if you’re not a Charleston local, please see her website for more of her work and the artists she represents in her gallery. Over the coming weeks we will have highlights from all the 2016 artist interviews!
*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.
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