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May 7, 2016
An artist builds a solar-powered mobile art studio to travel across the country.
Mobile art studio by Torkwase Dyson

The life of the artist can sometimes involve wandering around to provoke new conversations. The interdisciplinary artist Torkwase Dyson decided to explore this by taking her entire practice on the road when she completed Studio South Zero, a mobile art studio. “I want to travel in my tiny studio around the United States and create paintings, drawings and sculptures informed by American history and geography.” Dyson says.

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A mobile art studio with chairs and beanbag

The studio took roughly three weeks to build. The wood was sourced from scraps and discarded exhibition materials from Socrates Sculpture Park and the Queens Museum. The flatbed trailer was a Craigslist find.

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Interior of a mobile art studio

For such a small space, it was important to make it as versatile as possible. The studio is primarily used to make drawings when not facilitating conversations between visitors and workshop participants. The studio can comfortably fit five people when sitting and three people when standing. 

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Solar panels on a mobile art studio

To accommodate computers and artificial lighting, Dyson equipped the studio with solar panels.

 

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Studio South Zero by Torkwase Dyson

When people create work in the studio, Dyson encourages them to make their mark on the interior. “I want people to interface with Studio South Zero and contribute simple design changes to the interior. The design challenge here is to get the space to perform functions its users need and can imagine.” Dyson says.

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Mobile art studio by Torkwase Dyson

The life of the artist can sometimes involve wandering around to provoke new conversations. The interdisciplinary artist Torkwase Dyson decided to explore this by taking her entire practice on the road when she completed Studio South Zero, a mobile art studio. “I want to travel in my tiny studio around the United States and create paintings, drawings and sculptures informed by American history and geography.” Dyson says.

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