An Artists Open Studio Tour
By Sandra Tyler, Editor-in-Chief
Having grown up with an artist as a mother, I have always revered that private space of the creative at work; a space that resonates of the artist’s individuality, and a reason I’ve always enjoyed studio tours—over the years, having helped my mother prepare her own studio for such tours, I have been on the other side of what it means to open up that private space to the general public. It takes a bit of gumption, but I think most often proves a rewarding experience for both the artists and their studio visitors.
This local tour was comprised of twelve studios on the north shore of Long Island. I wasn’t able to get to all twelve but below are a few examples of the divergent studio spaces.
Fernada Vargas has explored multiple art forms, including painting, mosaics, silkscreen, and papier-mâché, but has focused on batik – a technique she mastered while living in Indonesia over twenty years ago:
Pam Brown: “All of my sculptures employ a technique similar to the process of sewing, where sheet metal and wire replace fabric and threads. The needlework alludes to both ‘women’s work’ and early industrial manufacturing. The association of industry and domesticity engages a sensibility different from the ‘heavy metal’ approach to sculpture that dominates much of American modernism and carries a strong element of bravado.”
Sungsook Setton is a Korean-American artist and calligrapher. “I have used traditional materials, including sumi-e ink, watercolor, and dyes on silk, and experimented with narrative formats that incorporate images and words, including scrolls, fans, and accordion books.”
As always, WTP seeks to grow Web traffic to artists; visit these artists websites to see more of their works that originated in these sacred creative places: Annemarie Waugh, Fernada Vargas, Pam Brown, and Sungsook Setton .