Habitat is a weekly series that visits with artists in their workspaces.
This week’s studio: Rachel Mason, Long Island City, New York. “I often work in silence or I listen to dance music,” Rachel Mason said, describing her time in the studio. “I used to listen to NPR but then I realized it was something I ignored after a while.” While in her workspace, Mason makes props, set pieces, paintings and various things that will be used within the performance. “When I’m in there it’s usually highly focused and specific for a solid block of time,” she said. “Some of my projects like The Ambassadors or Starseeds were the result of hundreds of hours spent in solitary just sculpting or making molds in the studio.” The Ambassadors project took Mason almost six years to make. Mason’s film The Lives of Hamilton Fish was recently shown at LACMA and will be screened be at Anthology Film Archives in New York on July 21. Below, the artist takes us around her workspace in Long Island City.
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