ARTISTS AT HOME
Artists at Home is an ongoing portrait series of Los Angeles artists in their live-work studios. My goal was to explore and celebrate the alchemy, chaos, and interconnectivity of making art in the space that is also your home. I work from my small apartment, and at times I’m frustrated by my inability to physically separate from my work. I was curious about artists who embraced this overlap, and through photographing them, I learned to embrace it, as well.
However, one-by-one, almost every artist in this series has experienced a similar story: their building was sold to new owners who then evicted the residents in order to create luxury housing. Most of the individuals in this series were in the middle of their eviction when I photographed them.
One group of people in this series had lived in their building for almost 30 years. The building was was one of the first live-work artist buildings established in Los Angeles, a piece of living local history. Due to the city’s widespread lack of affordable housing, most of the people in this series who were evicted can no longer afford to live in the city. Most have since relocated to the vast Los Angeles exurbs, losing the artistic communities that are equally important to their work as their studios.
I view this series as a record of the artists and artistic communities our city has lost due to its housing crisis. This project was originally about how artists live — how our physical environment consciously or unconsciously influences our work, and vice versa. In a sense, it’s still about that, but more pressingly it is about the forces that influence our ability to make work at all.