My wife and I, our artmaking and exhibition-organizing endeavors are fairly expensive hobbies, which our jobs enable us to indulge in. We keep it within our means, since neither of us are interested in applying for grants.
Our home is both our studio space and our exhibition space, and this requires that the work be smaller in scale, modular, with a minimum of stains/varnishes/toxins, and designed with home-storage in mind.
For me personally, it’s been slow work to let go of the fantasy of being an international artist. It’s been far more viable to think about expanding the definition of being a local artist. We both have been eager to chip in to cultivating a Chicago audience that will casually accept a domestic environment as a legitimate (or even optimal) setting for professional exhibitions, rather than just a precursor.