The Habitorium

I established The Habitorium in 2013. It is my studio and a physical archive in service of my research and art work. It holds more than 12,000 analog images (snapshots, film, slides) and a modest library of books and mid-century printed matter (magazines, ephemera, manuals). I paint and write from The Habitorium, combining the evidence of my conversations with people about habitual behavior, and familiar images.

Under the auspices of The Habitorium, I have devised seven surveys among them: The Survey of Gallery Going Habits (2017), The Survey of Joyful Habits (2018), and The Survey of Bookish Habits (2020). Each survey reply becomes a portrait, from a very specific angle, of the person who offers it. You learn a lot about a person when you ask for a mailing address, and they offered you thier email address. The completed surveys are all held in The Habitorium archive and provide hours of interesting reading. The Habitorium archives are open to the public by appointment.

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