February 18, 2013

teatime with my studio library

teatime in the studio
taking notes for my talk from one of my favorite books

The past few weeks have been filled with lots of reading, scanning, research, and writing as I prepare to deliver my first artist talk next week at the National Museum of Health & Medicine in Washington, D.C. It is both interesting and challenging to examine the development of your own artwork in an intentional way, but what has made this task a bit more research-heavy than a typical artist talk is that it will also include a discussion of the evolution of art, anatomy, and medical illustration over the course of 500 years.

Practically speaking, this has meant lots of pots of tea (my studio is a bit on the cold side when it is 22 degrees outside) and time spent reading and re-acquainting myself with many of the books in my studio library. A task that has been a real pleasure, to take a step back from the making and refresh myself with many of the books I've read over the years about immunology {Faith, Madness & Spontaneous Human Combustion}, neuroscience {Proust Was A Neuroscientist} and the five senses {A Natural History of the Senses}, to name just a few of my favorites.  

As I was sitting in the studio poring over my books, I was reminded of these paintings of bookshelves on the Brain Pickings blog (a recent discovery, thanks to a NY Times profile of the blogger). The project is called "My Ideal Bookshelf" and it features the "ideal bookshelves" of artists, writers, designers, and musicians. I love books. I always have. But I also love knowing what books other people are reading (the saddest part of the e-reader trend is that I can no longer get inspiration from my fellow subway riders anymore). Seeing those paintings inspired me to take a few snapshots of my own studio bookshelves, for all you other book-voyeurs out there. Certainly I can't be the only one?

If you love seeing other people's bookshelves, perhaps you would be willing to share your own?  I would love to know what books are on your shelf. If you feel inspired, please snap a photo and send it over.

On March 6th, Liz did.

1 comment:

  1. I'm enjoying your beautiful blog! - newly discovered, via Martin on FB. I'm putting you into my own blogger reading list. Cheers!