An Old Trick for The New Studio

IMG_2471It can be challenging to get the work flowing after moving to a new studio space. When I was eight, I learned a structure building technique as part of a science workshop at the State University at Albany. We used it to make kites large enough to lift a third-grader.

Now this process of building with inexpensive materials combats creative blocks. The physicality of attaching the pieces, assembling the triangles, creates a repetitive, meditative motion which allows my thoughts to wander, focus, and wander again. The stability and symmetry of the forms means that I can build each one generatively without having to plan ahead. The spontaneity of the process gets my mind and muscles moving- and creates a space for play.