Apr 19, 2017

My month at Jentel in Wyoming

'Beginnings' in my Jentel Studio
Thoughts and materials often come together in curious ways. For me art is often more about 'doing things' than 'making things'. My artwork 'grows' in unique and organic ways fed by present moment awareness and deep listening. It feeds both on the worlds within me and those around me as I explore ways to connect, engage and integrate my inner and outer experience.

My month at Jentel was such a gift of time, space and support to allow me to focus on my creative work without the usual distractions.  Now that I am back home, my experience of it seems like a seed which continues to grow. 
But for now I will share some of my experience of that time and place while in residency.
The wind before the rain...
And after the wind...a triple rainbow over the artist and writers studio at Jentel, WY!
I brought copies of 'Fire Islands" (below) to work with while in Wyoming.  These came from scans of burns I had done on tracing paper where the burns were stopped by small pools of water on the paper.  
I love seeing the similarities of forms shaped by various elemental forces and the resemblance in micro or macro view. 
The two images above were taken during 
my flight to Wyoming.
This river form came from melting snow traveling from one side of the studio sidewalk to the other
I was often fascination by small 'islands' of water and ice on the picnic table. One morning I scooped them with up with a spatula and placed them onto a blues cutting board. They melted within moments. The next day the ice-lands were more solidly frozen to the table.


During a cold spell in Washington this winter I had the opportunity to work with ice.  It was especially satisfying to work with ideas of 'brokenness' which have seemed so present since the November election.  With thoughts of "breaking down, breaking up, breaking apart and breaking through" I also wondered how brokenness can reform into new configurations.
One morning at Jentel as I hunted icicles before sunrise, I found hanging strands of frozen spiderwebs that broke apart when I touched them and individual evergreen needles dripping with their own mini icicles.

Icicles from larger branches became elements for drawings laid out on large pieces of petrified wood near the evergreen trees.
These drawings led me to think about how ice and snow might engage a string circle like the one (below) which I had created years before.
"Being Here" Port Angeles Fine Art Center - Webster's Woods, WA
I didn't have enough time before the predicted snow or enough material with me to make a large circle space, however I was able to create this small one between the legs of a wooden chair. When finished I positioned it outside so I could witness how or if it would hold the snow and ice.
The next day I was rewarded with this...









I consider my work as experimental explorations, trying to leave judgement out of the equation until necessary. I never know what is going to 'work' or what wont...but I always learn something and never know what will serve some later creation. 

I will post more about my work/experience at Jentel in my next post.

Apr 18, 2017

Jentel Artist in Residence - April-May 2017

Denver Airport wall - before flight to Sheriden Wy
I'm thrilled to be working with Jentel's Artist in Residence Program in Wyoming for the next month. This kind of artist residency program is my idea of heaven on earth! Dedicated time and space within an ultra supportive community within beautiful, vast, wild nature. Also the joy of sharing work, thoughts and experience with 5 other dedicated artists from different parts of the county.

Jentel

Easter Sunday...our first full day here...After Lynn Reeves gave us a great tour of our surrounds and took us grocery shopping, my thoughts turned towards the metaphor of rising from the dead. Curious to see what will grow out of the ashes of my past, fed by the richness of this new (to me) environment. Responding to the question... "Where to begin?"  I lay out some my working materials I have brought and shipped to Jentel.
Center position is held by Rebecca Welti's gift to me - her grandfather's compass within one of her carved barnacles.  A treasure to this coastal person that I am, to find my way amidst this unfamiliar territory.