Spacious and airy, but still not big enough, probably. That’s how MTSU art prof and sculptor Michael Baggerly feels about his 1-year old studio a few paces from the back door to his house. He likes to step back from his current work, like so many artists do, and examine his progress. When your pieces can be upwards of 20 feet long, well, that takes a lot of backing up. But for right now, he’s pretty happy with his first owned space. After so many years of renting studios and dealing with difficult landlords, he’s smiling a lot these days as he works his magic in metal and wood. Tools and machinery abound here, from table saw to band saw, drill press to hand drill, clamps and more clamps. Music turned up to 8, 8 and a half, fresh air billowing through the opened roll-up door, lots of lighting, mannequin legs (some carved by Michael) and smaller works stuffed here and there in the walls (he might lose those eclectic “display” nooks if he goes through with his plan to insulate and cover those walls with sheet rock, although his neighbors would surely appreciate that move - imagine a grinder attacking half-inch steel at 1 am....). Where do the wooden legs go then? The rooms are filled with motion, curved art projects in some phase of completion, reflecting an epiphany of a couple years ago when Michael realized a stylized chair sculpted onto a railroad-like track was not fluid after all but seemingly stuck in place. He’s made it his business since to remove static from every equation. Michael is a man on the move.
From the artist: “my studio too often reflects what I try to keep out of my art - clutter. Clean is better.”