Artists reveal their home studios



Central Otago artists have devised a way of sharing their world with the wider community while under lockdown.
A new concept titled ‘‘Within My 4 Walls’’ offers the community a rare glimpse into the studios of Hullabaloo Art Space resident artists.

Each of the artists have been invited to share images for the Hullabaloo Art Space Facebook page of the four walls they are working from within their homes.
The only rules are that they cannot use filters to enhance their photos and no preparation is required.

Kay Turner and Ro Bradshaw, who are both artists in residence, came up with the concept.
“Reading through material that comes in online each morning I stumbled across a statement from fashion photographer Herb Ritts about corners of rooms and I wondered if we could do an online series based on our artist’s workspace corners,” Turner said.

She discussed the concept with Bradshaw and the duo took photos of their own four walls and, just like that, their new initiative was born.
“As each artist gets round to it, we’ll post [photographs of] the four corners that they send me,” Turner said.

In residence . . . Artist Jennifer Hay has shared one of her corners for the Within My 4 Walls exhibition. PHOTO: SUPPLIED/ JENNIFER HAY

She said while it was the lockdown that prompted the initiative, the aim was to turn a negative into a positive.
“Finding ourselves unable to access our gallery space in the Cromwell Heritage Precinct, we wanted to be able to share some of the things we have been thinking of, talking about, listening to and making whilst we were in isolation.
“For some of us it has been creating as usual as we retreat to our home studios, and for others a corner of the living space has been our sanctuary while we consider the new ways we will need to work and engage over the coming months.”

She said the project had been a success.
‘‘Response has been huge. People have loved it, as it is a look into a world that people just don’t normally get to see.’’
Another artist in residence series is also in the pipeline for the weeks ahead, which will feature a question and answer segment on favourite tools, music, New Zealand holiday destinations and local cafes.

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