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From the Vault: Gimme Just a Little Space, Part Two: A Conversation with Katy Becker

It’s coming up on that time of year when schedules get full of even more great things to do. From holiday plans with family and friends to shopping and travel, the holidays can get loaded and make us all feel a little torn from our studio practice. The juggle is always real, and sometimes it is good to hear how others deal with the constant pull in a million different directions.

When we talk about space, we usually think of space as a limiting feature of the work we do: the panel isn’t large enough, the page count isn’t long enough, the studio isn’t spacious enough. We limit ourselves with the belief that the things we need outweigh the things we have. While our circumstances are not always ideal, constraints always present new areas for creative exploration.

This week, Ryan and Garreth welcome Richmond-area painter and printmaker Katy Becker into the studio to talk about how space has impacted the work she does. Katy’s work shows a heightened attention to detail both on the surface of her work and in the way she sees the world around her. As a painter, mother, wife, neighbor and more, Katy has navigated a world of space and time limitations to develop a successful practice that was born from a non-ideal circumstance: a 4′ x 5′ closet she turned into her studio for the last five years.

Oh, and we had the pleasure of being joined in the studio by our youngest guest ever: Katy’s three-week-old Leo!

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For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website.

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