Daniela Groza's Worktable

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday January 20, 2021

I’m a documentary photographer, and have been documenting tables for a few years now, without realizing that one day I’d have my own worktable where I could sit for hours and draw whatever comes to mind. 

Drawing takes time and patience, just the opposite of photography, yet something about it keeps drawing me in, pun intended:) The desire to illustrate little bits of my interior reality came with a lost love; I’d design queer little postcards for her and post on social media, mostly to conquer my fear of showing something I wasn’t comfortable with (the end of a relationship and my inadequacy at capturing life with a colorful pen.) 


That was five years ago. A nomad at heart, having spent the better part of 2015-2018 on my friend’s couches in New York City, I came to value, beyond words, having shelter, food and a worktable. I’ve been living with my current partner for almost 2 years; we’re still working out the kinks of surviving in NYC as artists. However, when we finally signed the lease on our place I made sure to set aside a few hundred dollars to buy a marble top to place on my partner’s grandmother’s antique table. 

I knew I wanted a table that would bring joy and light and inspiration every single day. It’s quite a miracle, just sitting and tinkering with shapes and colors for many hours at a time, when photography is all I’ve known since I turned 20 (I’m 37 now.) I draw without any other purpose besides feeling home and at home with the objects I live with, I draw for daily joy.  

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Note from the Editor:
This is the first in a series of stories by DART subscribers about how and where they spend their working hours during this phase of the COVID-19 Pademic. If you have a story, please send it in; the guidelines are simple:

Tell us how has your work and practice changed since last March, in 250-300 words Have you been doing more personal work than you usually do? Have you been engaging with other artists in online drawing meet-ups? How do you diffuse situations of too much togetherness or too much isolation? Send your text along with several horizontal photos of your workspace to choose from [one square detail is ok]. Please don’t feature any specific work; links to your social media/website will be included. First round deadline: Friday, January 29, Midnight anywhere.


Note from the Home Office:
AI39 and AP36which have been delayed due to censorship issues, are now expected in New York at the end of February. Advance copies will be here next week, so stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.

AP37 Call For Entries is Open – With Reduced Entry Fees! American Photography 37 | Still / Here. Deadline: February 5, 2021. Enter here

Note from the Editor’s desk at the Home Office:

I will be teaching Present Yourself, offered by Sculptors Alliance, February 1-22 on Zoom. Thanks to funding by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, this 12-hour writing intensive is again FREE to NYC residents. Just scan the red QR code [left] for info, and the orange QR code [right] to register. Note: You don't have to be a sculptor to enroll for this course, which is open to emerging and mid-career artists hungry for new opportunities in the post-COVID art world.