(The background image is of a Wabi Sabi inspired painting in my “Beautiful Struggle” collection featured at The Journey Contemporary Workshop of MDUMC.)
In early September my studio was flooded by the waters of Hurricane Harvey. Hardy + Nance Studios, where my studio is located, took in over a foot of water throughout the entire building. My personal studio took in approximately 16 inches. And I knew from the moment I walked through the door after the waters had gone down, I would not be able to make it through the recovery alone.
Thanks to my phenomenal sister, Houston's Jerry's Artarama, the art community, the community of Holy Family HTX + numerous of other family, friends + strangers I was not alone in the recovery effort. Your gifts of encouragement, time, financial resources + support truly made a difference.
Thank YOU a 1,000 times to everyone who has supported me during the recovery + every step of my LAR Art Studio work! You have been an essential part of the golden joinery that has helped me live into this particular new normal with courage, hope + determination.
Hurricane Harvey came in strong through TX, + I discovered the days following that collectively our strength can be stronger than any storm.
Below are photos of the what the flood waters left behind + now.
After the Storm
I lost all of my art books, half of my studio furniture, a few supplies, old+ new paintings + canvases that were waiting for me to make my marks..
After Your Generosity + Encouragement
As I reimagined + recreated the space I kept these questions before me:
1. What would give me the most joy + life?
2. How do I make sure the space is both functional for my own studio practice + hosting others at the table without much rearranging?
3. What do I really need to do my work + what can I do without?
4. How do I shape the space to best display my art for others to engage?
5. How do I make sure I soak up as much of the natural light as possible while I'm working.
Below are a few images of me living into the answers. To see more of the studio join me at the 25th Annual Art Crawl! I would love to host you in the space + share my latests works on November 18 (10am-10pm) + November 19 (12pm-5pm).
Lanecia A. Rouse