Studio Life - Rituals, Collections, Tools, & Observations on the Artistic Process

Sarah Trigg


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In 2009, artist and writer Sarah Trigg embarked on
an ambitious field expedition across the United States,
interviewing more than two-hundred artists in their
studios. She sat down with everyone—from painters to
performance artists—to investigate a wide range of
art-making practices. The result is Studio Life,
a fascinating photographic and written account of
one hundred of her most illuminating visits. Trigg asks
her subjects to share objects and working habits in
six categories: mascots, collected objects, rituals,
makeshift tools, residue, and habitats. These talismans
and behaviors provide a framework for artists to reveal
insights into their practices and the nature of the
creative life. Intriguing and often humorous anecdotes
emerge—of one studio’s mysterious sealed vault,
another’s resident bunny—and countless sources
of inspiration are unearthed: vintage comics, purses,
and kitschy figurines; faded yearbooks and treasured
cards and letters; and one handwritten reminder
to “Quit Feelin’ Sorry for Yourself.” Accessible
and relevant for amateur aesthetes and art-world
professionals alike, Studio Life offers an insider’s
view of the artistic process as well as a snapshot of
the most interesting work being produced today.

• A fascinating alternative approach to understanding art

• Includes 100 artists (painters, sculptors, photographers,
video artists, and performance artists, among others)
from the established to those beginning their careers

• Artists include David Altmejd, Tauba Auerbach,
John Baldessari, Carol Bove, Theaster Gates, Michelle
Grabner, Peter Halley, Rashid Johnson, Tony Oursler,
Dana Schutz, Jim Shaw, Pat Steir, Fred Tomaselli,
and William Wegman

• A visual index provides biographical information and
references to locate additional work for each artist

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