Do you keep it? Give it away? Sell it? Toss it? Burn it?
I did all of the above!
I am in the middle of downsizing from a 2000 square foot industrial style space to a 650 square foot condo unit.
I am definitely a process type artist more so than a product focused creator. I enjoy the figuring out how to make different kinds of marks, and how to layer impressions. I might use 20 pieces of paper and get 2 prints that I like or that I think are worthy of framing.
I the 3 years that I was in the the BIG studio I collected:
- Lots of process type papers
- Tools with potential
- Many monoprints, printing plates and stencils
- Duplicate supplies
- Boxes of books
- Found objects that spoke to me
- Box of rusted things
- More than 15 work benches
There was enough space to hold on to anything that I thought could feed my art making. I was up 4 flights without an elevator, but I still managed to fill the huge space with art and things to make art.
I was quite determined in my purging.
I let go of:
- A truck load of papers, prints, drawings and process
- Several tables and workspaces
- Tools that I thought I would use and did not
I gave FREE art to my family and friends who made the move possible in just 2 weeks. But I still have lots of art in boxes, bags and files.
Selling art seems like a completely different job and mindset from the one that it takes to make the art.
I am still thinking about my options, of what to do with my art. I hope that it does not affect my willingness to make with abandon.
- Do you have a house full of art and art making supplies and tools?
- Is it supporting your art practice?
- Have you gone through it lately?
- Do you find joy in selling your art?
- Would you ever throw any of your creations away?