Artist Ying Zhu creates site-specific installations and sculptures, starting them out of an old Benson storefront she’s spent the past several years renovating. This is an edited interview with Zhu.

Q: What was this space like before you arrived?

A: It was an old appliance store. ... And then, the hard lesson began because I had no idea about anything like renovating or building codes and permits and all that.

Q: Do you have a favorite spot or detail?

A: I really like the rafters unveiled recently. ... It really opened up the space and adds a lot of character.

Q: Could you describe how you use different areas?

A: I mostly like to stay upstairs. I’m really drawn toward the light, so I like to set tables right by the window. And then the other side, we play a lot of pingpong.

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