Last time I participated in Bushwick Open Studios (2020) – I was the only one there. It was an online-only edition of the event, and I recorded a virtual tour. This year, the event is back in real life… but I’m traveling and won’t be there in person. My studio mate Mona Saeed Kamal is holding down the fort by hosting open hours at our studio on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 from 1-6pm.
You’re invited to swing by and check out recent work by both of us (and other artists in the building!) this weekend. Check out the Arts in Bushwick website, or zine below, for a full map and list of participants throughout the neighborhood.
I was a little nervous about recording my studio tour for Bushwick Open Studios a couple weeks ago, but ended up really enjoying myself! Keeping the camera facing the artwork allowed me to simply focus on discussing what I was seeing, as if I was walking a friend through the studio. (In fact, I sort of was – friends and family were able to tune in virtually who do not live in NYC and wouldn’t have been able to attend an in-person event.)
This studio tour touches upon several key elements of my creative practice for the past year or so: intuitive composition, focus on repeated and overlapping patterns, and daily writing practice. This conversational way of moving through the studio felt helpful because it allowed me to point out connections between different processes as they arose: similar composition processes for paintings and drawings even though they look very different, looping line drawings which mirror cursive handwriting, etc.
The video tour, saved below, runs about eight minutes in length. I hope you enjoy!