Rocket Science : A Studio Visit With Ed Panar



Where is your studio exactly and how long have you been working there?
My studio is in the attic of a little row house where I live in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I have been working here since April 2011.


What are the pros and cons of your studio?
Pros: It’s the first time I’ve had a dedicated work space (ie, not in my living room or bedroom) so it feels like a lot of space to me, and a luxury to have a separate room to work in after years of cramped one bedroom and ‘studio’ apartments. The only other time I had a dedicated studio space was in graduate school. I also really like the view through the seasons.
Cons are that it’s on the 3rd floor, and the only bathroom is in the basement. It’s a long walk in the middle of the night down some pretty steep and narrow steps in the dark. I have to be careful. Another occasional con is the fact that it is still in my house, so sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have to go somewhere else to work. I work strange and erratic hours though so I really like being able to wake up and go to work straight away and working at odd hours.





How many hours do you usually spend there per week?
Too many to count. When I am awake in my home I’m in my studio at least 80% of the time.

Do you have your own daily routine within the studio? For example, do you usually start by answering your emails then get to work etc?
For better or worse, I don’t have much of a routine. Besides working on personal projects I’m also doing other freelance work here so the routine of the day normally depends on the projects that are happening at the moment. I try to work on things in order of importance, but sometimes I have the urge to work on something completely unrelated, and time permitting I try to be open to those kinds of detours as they often lead to new ideas and insights. I work very erratic hours as well, some days starting at 5am and other days wrapping up at 5am. 



Are there things you deliberately forbid yourself to do/have within the studio in order to be more productive?
Unfortunately, no. There are very few rules and sometimes I’m amazed that I get anything done. I have an aversion to rules though, so I don’t think I would be very good at following them anyways.

Do you sometimes wish you shared your studio with one or a few other artists?
While I have my own space, it is still in the house I share with Melissa Catanese and our cat Mo  - so it’s sort of the best of both worlds. Her studio is on the second floor and when one of us needs a hand with something or an extra set of eyes it’s easy enough to help out. Mo helps out too on occasion.


Article by Rocket Science / Photos by Nathan Ward