Dwayne Butcher: How did you first become interested in tracing the archeology of your art studio?
Clover Archer Lyle: Conceptually, I'm using this installation to continue the exploration of ideas that I've been working with for some time. The specific idea for this project started percolating last summer when I was in the first days of a month-long residency, trying to stave off the anxiety that comes with starting a new project. I was occupying a well-used studio space with walls that reflected years of art making and I started thinking that these “blank” walls were actually quite dense with the invisible experience of supporting the creative process. These marks, scuffs, holes and blemishes are simultaneously important and insignificant. The focus of this time is the artwork, not the residue of installing or making it. I became interested in tracing the archeology of art spaces because I wanted to reify this time and these histories.
Lyle spent a week at the Medicine Factory in July creating a tracing the art space's walls. (Climbing the walls literally?)
The artist's statement below ...