Studio, 2011, Draakon Gallery, Tallinn
For two weeks I used Draakon Gallery in Tallinn as if it was my studio. I wanted to bring the creative process to the gallery viewer. Artists usually work in “secret” and the public sees a small, carefully selected portion of their work. By bringing the artist’s everyday environment into the gallery I tried to make public that which is ordinary for the artist but which, as a rule, remains a mystery for the public. I did not promise that it would be exciting to watch because I am, after all, not an actor – sometimes I sit, think, read, write, look at my work, waste time on the internet or just go away, either to pick up my child from kindergarten or go and eat. If all goes well I might even make some work.
The exhibition was not a polished statement because in a studio everything is permitted. There were finished pieces, half-finished pieces, half-thought ideas, the good and the bad. During the two weeks that the exhibition was open visitors could follow developments, see changes and also see a natural part of the creative process, namely that some pieces are never completed – or might be finished later.