Why I Use a Portfolio (instead of pulling up my website)
The experience: I like books. I love my kindle and do *most* of my reading digitally nowadays - but certain, special books demand a physical copy. I can’t read Tolkien on a screen. Flipping through actual pages, holding the object in my hands is a different level of interaction and it gets stored slightly differently in my memory. This translates to using a physical portfolio - I can share it with customers, refer to it during gallery meetings, pull it out for open studio nights, have it on a table during art shows, and yes it’s more-or-less the same thing as having a screen up with my website - but a book is experienced differently.
It allows the viewer to flip through it at their own pace, no digital navigation to contend with and lets them have a more personal interaction with my work.
For my records: I exist in a constant state of organized chaos. My studio is *usually* a mess, but I know where everything is. My work is spread out around the house, a storage unit, galleries and venues, and in private collections. I have a mental list of where some of my favorite pieces now live, but it can get muddy with new collections and new shows. My website changes and updates frequently enough that keeping a dedicated “favorites” corner doesn’t really make sense - even if it’s just for my own records. Enter, my portfolio. In addition to being a book that showcases my best work, it also serves as a physical collection of some of my favorites. When i finish a painting that I feel is particularly strong, or answers a question that’s been hounding me for awhile - I photograph it, print it and load it into the portfolio. Depending on page count I’ll either replace something older, or add a new page. What results is a book that I am proud of, that serves as a reference for me personally.