Getting a Grip on Things
The work space of an artist is often filled with curiosities. Too ordinary to be ornamental, these objects serve very practical purposes.
The top photo features items from my studio.
They are used to help steady my hands or hold my pencils. (see inserts) I have rheumatoid arthritis, and as the disease progresses my abilities change. In response, I modify my instruments and processes. RA is the primary driver of the evolution of my work.
I borrowed the taping idea from Renoir, who had one of the first documented cases of RA. He tied the brush to his hand in a similar fashion.
When you visit an artist's studio, go ahead and ask questions! You will gain valuable insight about the artist's problem solving and the uniqueness of his or her process.
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