I built a studio in the basement of my house. I love it; it’s very convenient and there’s no more commuting! Recently, I finally added a wall to separate the wood-working and painting areas so I can paint and build at the same time.
All my work starts with drawing so my desk has always been an important part of my studio. I even have a second desk upstairs in the house. Since the mid-90’s I’ve kept my drawings in books which I often refer to. I call them my ‘memory’ and I use them to cross-pollinate ideas that inform new designs.
Once I’ve chosen the designs I want to realize, I start the building process: make the base, cut and assemble the wood pieces into the design as I fix them on the base. I usually build a number of these reliefs at one time and later prime and paint them.
Movable panels give me a chance to rearrange the painting area so I can view multiple works in progress at one time. It’s not just the panels though, almost everything in my studio is on wheels!
Be sure to check out Yanick’s work in the upcoming show New and recent work by 13 Massachusetts Cultural Council Award Recipients in Painting and Drawing from June 2 – July 31, 2011. Opening reception Thursday, June 2, 5:30-8 PM. Artists’ Talk, 5-6 PM, featuring Cree Bruins, Jan Johnson, Yanick Lapuh, Joshua Meyer, and Michael Zelehoski. Tufts University Art Gallery, 40 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA.
Image credit: All photographs are courtesy Yanick Lapuh.