Art21 Extended Play

Liz Magor: “Studios should be issued by the government as health-mandated items”

Liz Magor in her studio in Vancouver, Canada. Production still from the series Art21 Exclusive. © Art21, Inc. 2016. Cinematography: Greg Bartels.

In today’s Art21 Exclusive, Liz Magor describes her Vancouver studio as a place for pleasure as well as productivity while working on a cast sculpture of a paper bag. “If I’m not here,” says the artist, “I want to be here and I want to work.”

If I’m not here, I want to be here and I want to work

Magor maintains a quiet, elemental studio so that she is able to seek out “below the radar” systems embedded in the everyday objects and materials that inspire her. “It’s a way to keep myself on a single focus—on a single track—and there’s something pleasurable about that.” As she reflects on the potential health benefits of maintaining a studio, Magor is shown installing an earlier cast bag sculpture, Mademoiselle Raymonde (2014), at Peep-Hole in Milan, Italy.

Art21 Exclusive is supported, in part, by the Art21 Contemporary Council.

CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster & Wesley Miller. Consulting Producer: Nick Ravich. Interview: Pamela Mason Wagner. Editor: Morgan Riles. Camera: Greg Bartels. Sound: Jeff Carter. Artwork Courtesy: Liz Magor. Special Thanks: Peep-Hole & Contemporary Art Gallery.