Practice update

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I have moved to the last residency of my year in Europe, at Can Serrat International Art Center in Northern Spain. The past weeks have been productive and social, filled with hours in the sun discussing art and practice and pedagogy; laughter over communal dinners, walks through Montserrat National Park, escapes to our studios to make work, time in the kitchen, time with a book, and time to just be.

I’m continuing to work with the pheasant as a subject, merging the strategies from the small bird studies with the drawing method from my wall piece. I’ve found a source for two great types of paper, which allow me to work into it with the eraser. I’ve also developed a few different strategies to use with other paper.  I’ve even started to introduce hints of colour, though don’t expect much of it for a while, as I’m still definitely invested in the richness of black and white.

Who is here: Annette SeemanJohn TeschendorffAustin StiegemeierShannon Brett, Ewon Moon, Robert Schaefer, Phoebe Tran, Reza Safavi, along with Annette and John’s son, Marcel and their friend June.

Listening to: Alt-J, Buena Vista Social Club, Phantogram, Patrick Watson, Jenn Grant.

Reading: Siri Hustvedt, Living, Thinking, Looking; A Mieke Bal Reader; Henry David Thoreau, Where I lived and what I lived for

“Making a work of fiction is playing, playing in deadly earnest perhaps, but playing nevertheless…I have discovered that a novel can be written only in play: an open, relaxed, responsive, permissive state of being that allows a work to grow in potential space.”- Siri Hustvedt, “Playing, Wild Thoughts, and a Novel’s Underground”, Living, Thinking, Looking 

 

 

Markets

Since arriving in Europe in September, I have been documenting my market purchases. I’m not sure where in my drawing or art practice this will lead, but for now, it is a regular practice that reminds me that life and art are not two separate activities. My intention is to follow the practice, rather than obsess over the result, as sometimes setting, lighting, or even the purchases, are less aesthetically interesting than others. Here are some of the best.

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