Artists in Residence
Photographer Lori Hawkins documented five local artists who talked about what inspires their work.
savioartstudio.com / East Hampton
“To me art is telling a story and evoking a feeling to create imagery that is both real and surreal, laced in fantasy. In an attempt to tell a story I combine my memories and observances of my every day surroundings, then transferring these thoughts into my paintings. The idea is to morph and layout a painting to reach the outcome I am looking for.”
dorothyfrankel.com / Noyac
“Inspiration … my art inspired my home. And then my home inspired my art.
At first, I never thought of having my art around my home, but after a while, it evolved to just that. I am surrounded by the art of nature and the art I created from the nature around me.”
Nathan Slate Joseph
nathanslatejoseph.com / Sagaponack
“It doesn’t have to be so refined: you don’t have a museum, you have a home, you have children, you get used to outdoor life. You don’t want to replicate what you have in the city — this is part of being in the outdoors, in the countryside …
I color my work outdoors — I work with metal, rust — it oxidizes in a natural habitat with rain, water. You see this when you travel — to Mexico, Morocco, Greece, the outside of buildings are extraordinarily colored, and I became interested in how those colors maintained a beautiful luminescence for years. I wanted to investigate this and I was using Larry Rivers’ studio in Zihuatanejo, and I said I want to bring these oxidized, fresco-like colors indoors … my basic thinking is how could I bring the outdoors, indoors.”
“My home is a refuge for me, I like to keep the walls and floor white like a blank canvas and the space as simple as possible while remaining free to just be. We planted all the trees and flowers here. I feel they are my family. Hummingbirds sip nectar from flowers outside the kitchen window. Birds, bunnies, and squirrels father under the bird feeder. We are engulfed in green and dappled light. I am a contemplative person and living here gives me the peace of mind to create my work. I like the idea of rearranging and questioning familiar perceptions using scale, form, and color; wanted to reside at the precipice of beauty. My work is an exploration of how we live and will live in the future, how we relate and coexist with each other and our world. My goal is to elicit a kind of observational reverence for our interactions, and ultimately to communicate love.”
patonmiller.com / Southampton
“The question has been asked about the importance of my home to my work. For me, they are one and the same. My studio is on my home property and is 250-feet away. I know that distance because I dug the trench for the service from our family home to the studio.
I built the studio nearly 20 years ago. To be clear, I helped my friends who are professional builders build it. It is 1,000 square-feet, 32×32 feet square and is from a company that sells garages with much of the main structural aspects pre-cut. It is dumped next to your building site and can then be erected like a large set of Legos. I was able to make design changes more in line with a studio and after a month my studio was finished. It cost under $18,000. I’ve always thought that this could be the answer to low cost home building … Having a studio near my home has for me been essential in my work. I have no schedule to speak of and I work throughout the day, taking breaks for receiving students, surfing and having lunch. There’s a nice flow to it and I am able to get quite a lot of work done. The main ingredient is no commuting, which is a colossal time consumer.