By Jennifer Pecenka
This movable studio is a live/work space for the artist who seeks inspiration from the land and a vehicle for interaction between the display of work to the public as well as a response to the land and context in which it sits.
In a space as confined as this street legal 8.5’ wide x13.5’ tall trailer, privacy with the ability to utilize nature as a living room allows the greatest flexibility of use and comfort. Claiming outdoor space with the unfolding façade is vital for both functionality and inspiration for the artist in addition to its mobility for tours or living simply off-the-grid. Its operation gives the artist control over daylight, ventilation, and security through means of slatted screens, folding awnings, sliding skin, and extending decks.
The wooden screen is a repeating element that functions in multiple aspects. For the glazed façade, double wooden slatted screens are offset to allow diffuse light without compromising privacy. The exterior screen also folds up as an awning and shading device while the interior screen and enclosure can remain open or closed to the elements. The artist can engage this active façade to achieve desired effects from an open to partially screened to solid interface between the interior and exterior. The folded screens form outdoor spaces and become the media for art displays when open while providing a transition between the small interior and vast landscape.