I’m in the process of packing up all my gear, to head from this temporary life of mine with my family in Lamillarie and studio at les AMIS des Arts d’Albi, here in the south of France to my new studio and abode at an artist residency in Marny-sur-Siene at Camac about an hour out of Paris for the month of November. http://www.camac.org/residences-dartistes/candidatures/
Here, I am leaving some wet oil painting’s drying in the studio pegged on my makeshift line. I have been working on un-stretched linen with the thought that it would be much easier to travel without stretcher bars. Of course, the reality of working in this different way has, as always, been a big learning experience. If I can share anything it is prevention - try not to crease ones gessoed linen in the first place. And so too I think, how will I manage the leaving of Camac with wet paintings back to here? The logistics of everything when making away from home is not a small thing. But it’s not such a huge thing either. For mostly I am thinking not of logistics but of the work I will do at this residency and of emotions. What new influences will come my way in this new place, will I be able to express what I want and what value will it all have – will it contribute anything? And also, how will I go without my family and will they all be ok for this month? It’s a big thing to do.
This project was assisted by a grant from Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). This project was assisted by a subvention through the CAMAC – Ténot Fondation.