Help! Hope this is the right forum to post.
I work in an artist studio that houses about 50 artists, separate studios with locked doors. Yesterday I found a thumb tack hole had been put into a new canvas I've been working on
. I share a studio space with another artist, who would seem be the obvious suspect. But I've been having problems with the guy next door studio that is bordering on stalking.
It looked like the hole had been put through the canvas a day or two before I noticed it. I had put on a layer and was letting it dry while working on another. Yesterday I picked it up to work and noticed the hole.
I came here to just hear some advice about how to sort out this incident. I have been kind of numb about it but am becoming angry and anxious. The artist who shares my space is a little mentally unbalanced and might have done this, but I have no proof. I have never locked the door behind me when going to the bathroom or washing brushes, so conceivably someone, or the creepy guy next door, jumped in the studio during a 20 minute interval to do this...but why the F!?!
It just makes going to studio all the more nerve wracking. I'm also feeling unsafe leaving my work there now. And now I feel compelled to have an awkward confrontation with my studio mate, whether she did it or not. I'm not totally sure its a good idea to confront her. I have 4 months left on lease with her, but I had been planning to renew the space (not exactly with her) because it's a great space.
And in a 3rd option, what if no one did it, and by some random fluke a nail or some art warehouse thing fell on it making the hole and I go around accusing people of something they didn't do?
I am stunned/ Any advice??
How would YOU go about this situation?