Architecture and Design

Inside The Metro Phoenix Homes and Art Studios We Visited in 2015

With our Personal Space and Studio Visit series, New Times gets an inside look at the homes and studios of some of metro Phoenix creatives, including up-and-coming visual artists, uber-famous musicians, and the design-obsessed. Here's a look back at everyone we visited in 2015. 

Paul and Keri Mosier's Creative Haven in Phoenix's Coronado Neighborhood
At a time in their lives when many families are shopping for their second house, the one with a media room and a guest suite, Paul and Keri Mosier have no plans of moving from their cozy home in the historic Coronado neighborhood. Built in 1928, the 914 square-foot Pueblo revival features a broad front porch, bright, turquoise trim and just the right amount of space for this family of four. See the Mosiers' home.

Lara Plecas' Home Studio
Lara Plecas is an experimenter by nature. The self-taught artist primarily works in encaustic, but she has also produced installations and large-scale collages. What connects all of her work together is a desire to connect past and present, people and place. We visited her studio located in her Phoenix home to discuss her personal history and artistic processes. See Plecas' studio.

Amy and Jim Adkins' Timeless Central Phoenix Ranch House
Between the sage green block exterior, the sandstone half-wall that wraps around the front and the bank of illuminated windows, Jim and Amy Adkins' central Phoenix home radiates warmth. A large red door beacons visitors inside. When the light is just right, it actually glows. See the Adkins' home.

Rachel Bess' Home Studio
The small, detailed oil paintings of Rachel Bess have an intensity to them. It’s in the darkness of the work’s content and in the amount of time the artist spends crafting each piece. For Bess, the process isn’t as intense as it may seem for the viewer. “It’s pretty meditative to be [painting],” Bess says. “At a certain point when you’ve got it all laid out, you have to get from point A to point B.” See Bess' studio.

Nathaniel Lewis' Hot Dog-Filled Studio
Since returning to Phoenix in 2013, Nathaniel Lewis has been kept busy with teaching and creating work that straddles the line between playful and unnerving. Last year, Big Head Day, his installation that captured the strangeness of our desert environment, was on display in Tempe as a part of INFLUX Cycle 4. He was also a participant in ARTELPHX at The Clarendon Hotel, which he will again participate in this weekend. We caught up with him at his home in Phoenix to discuss his work and what’s coming next for him. See Lewis' studio.

Tara Sharpe's “Post-Impressionist Expressionistic Secessionist” Studio
Tara Sharpe is probably best known as the mastermind behind ARTELPHX at The Clarendon Hotel and Spa in Phoenix. The fourth installment just wrapped up a few weeks ago, but Sharpe now has her own work to focus on. She has yet to show her paintings in Phoenix in a formal exhibition, but we sat down with her in her home studio to discuss ARTELSHOW, her influences, and her new body of work. See Sharpe's studio.

Jon Haddock's Free-Wheeling Studio
The last we saw of Jon Haddock’s work was in 2011 in “Us Versus Them,” an installation at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art that playfully positioned the artist as a superhero of sorts. Though lately Haddock has been spending most of his time teaching and thinking about teaching, he doesn’t really make a separation between that and his art practice. We visited him in his studio to discuss the many projects he’s currently working on. See Haddock's studio.

Rossitza Todorova's Tempe Home Studio
Rossitza Todorova recently moved her studio into a temporary space in Tempe. In a way, it’s like a little artist residency. Todorova has dealt with moving her workspace before, so she knows how to get back in the saddle and return to making. In between working for the ASU Art Museum and taking care of stray cats in the neighborhood, Todorova is preparing for a whole slew of upcoming exhibitions. See Todorova's studio.

Peter Bugg
When flipping through a magazine, we most likely don't consider the details from page to page. The work of Tempe artist Peter Bugg carefully focuses on these intricacies present on the page. His cut paper work has always focused on images we consume, such as celebrity tabloids or fashion editorials. He treats these figures present in cover stories and advertisements as revered icons, like characters from famous novels. The magazine becomes more than a consumable item — he acknowledges its status as an artifact of our times. See Bugg's studio.

Samantha Lyn Aasen's Pink Princess Studio
The studio of Samantha Lyn Aasen may resemble the messy room of an adolescent girl, but rest assured there's more going on here than just that. Aasen is about to wrap up her studies at ASU with "Sparkle Baby," her MFA thesis show at Step Gallery in April. The photographs that she is currently producing use cheap craft and beauty supplies along with her own body in order to examine girlhood and womanhood. We sat own with Aasen in her studio and chatted about girlhood and womanhood, the cultural phenomenon known as vajazzling, and aspiration resulting in failure. See Aasen's studio.

Stephen "Scuba" Clark's Almost Completely Customized Phoenix Home
Someone should give Stephen "Scuba" Clark a home improvement show immediately. In the eight years that he's been in his 1955 "cookie cutter" Central Phoenix home, Clark has redone almost every room in the house — some twice. And we're not talking about just moving the furniture around or adding a new coat of paint, though he's definitely done that as well. See Clark's home.

Constance McBride's Reflective Studio
Constance McBride is an artist who's most well-known through the clay world and her membership at Roosevelt Row gallery and collective Eye Lounge, where she currently serves as co-president. Her first solo exhibition, “Timescapes,” took place there last year. Now, McBride is working towards her second solo exhibition with Eye Lounge set for October. We sat down and chatted in her Phoenix home studio and discussed her work. See McBride's studio.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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