This is often wildly pleasurable, but to curb a total disconnect from substantiality, I have a personal mantra. Keep in touch with the physical world. Don’t neglect your physical environment. It reminds me to wash, sweep, polish, dust; and attention to such insistent chores is accompanied by a roving agenda of renovations – scraping, sanding, plastering, and painting.
I try to avoid having “zones of stagnation.” But my foyer, alas, had fallen into the chips-peeling-from-the-ceiling-bike-tire-marks-on-white-walls state of being, and every time I closed the front door too enthusiastically, emerald fragments of paint were left behind.
In August 2011, Ellena Rutsch (home turf, France) graced the Guest Spot at CatRutgers4art. Boy, did we have fun! This was one of the coolest collaborations, but all entirely cyber. Imagine how happy I was to hear that she and her mom, Dina of the Netherlands, were coming to New York this October. This called for action. With the expert assistance of my brother, Tim, I was ready to welcome the warmly anticipated guests. Entryway, living room, kitchen. Or, you could say, library, gallery, laboratory. It’s all part of exploring, documenting, living in a space for work, regeneration, and inspiration. So spiral down to this in your sweet time: it is a small world I have created, narrow, but very beautiful, and you can step inside, if you want to.
Photographs by Catherine Rutgers © 2012
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and paintings by Ellena Rutsch at the Guest Spot!