|I Can, 36"x28", encaustic, spray paint, marker and image transfer on cradled panel,|
2014 copyright Emily Rutledge
True confession...Emily Rutledge is one of the first artists to "friend" me on Facebook. To me, that small gesture was touching...because I was looking for community. Through her, I have met many other artists, seen work that made me drool, and had some fabulous art conversations. note: I met Alicia Forestall-Boehm through Emily.
Emily's work is gestural, textural, and frenetic. Inspired by graffiti and street art, she manages to combine a abstract expressionist sensibility with a love of all things urban.
Her studio is the sort of space artists dream about. It is a "classic" loft, located in an old warehouse building in Chicago. For me, the best part of her space are the windows. Not only are they huge, they let in a fantastic amount of light.
Welcome to Emily Rutledge's studio....
1. My messy floor and work table along with a couple of pieces in progress.
2. My work table below my wonderful north facing windows. The windows are one thing I love most about the space
3. Lots of big white walls ! When I first moved to this studio I immediately felt so free and started working.
4. Hot wax on my R and F palette.
5. Crusty brushes that I never clean ! Guaranteed to make any artist weep.I am an art slob.
6. My handy studio notebook that I use to jot down titles ,reminders of what I need to focus on in the studio,ideas...
7. My trusty Wagner heat gun.
8. The floor of my studio is littered with pulp from doing image transfers.Messy !!
This Saturday, Emily's studio building will be hosting an open studio event. This would be a great chance for you to see tons of other artists' studios at one time! Here are the details for those of you who are in the area.
You are invited to attend Open Studios on
Friday, Oct 3 from 3-8:00.
Please join us for a festive gathering .
Many artist will open their studios
inviting the public in for the first time
to see where the creativity takes place.
Artists will show their work in a variety of mediums.
Hope to see you in the studios!
1456 N. Dayton St.,Chicago ,IL 60643
or 855 W. Blackhawk (2 ways to enter our building)
To read and see more about Emily Rutledge and her work, go to her website at http://emilyrutledge.com/index.htm .
If you were to take photos of your studio, how would you do it? What are some of the things you like best about your workspace.
Happy Creating and ONWARD!