This past March, I had the privilege of living for a month in Chapala, Mexico, at one of the 360 Xochi Quetzal Residency spaces.
13 volunteers (including all of our board members)
kept The Art Garden
so I could dedicate
in my own
and to resting,
and eating really well!
Getting lost can be uncomfortable.
As an artist, I try to forage in the unknown…
but often rely on the familiar.
Art-making is a safe place to take risks, but still, I can hesitate.
Getting Lost requires patience;
the kind that weathers hesitation.
In my work, I explore where and who I am, and the relationships that are part of my life: my context. A sense of connection usually inspires or emerges in the work and/or process.
I had traveled
over 23 years ago,
I arrived on March 1st,
what I would make.
We converted a large bedroom into a studio,
using an old beer cooler and door as one of my work tables.
My grappling with context,
lack of context,
and my sense of uncertainty,
from my home
in western Massachusetts,
Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino, y nada más;
caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
Traveler, your footsteps
are the road, nothing more;
traveler, there is no road,
you make the road by walking.
Antonio Machado, de “Proverbios y cantares XXIX [Proverbs and Songs 29], Campos de Castilla (1912); trans. Betty Jean Craige in Selected Poems of Antonio Machado (Louisiana State University Press, 1979.)
Who I am, wherever I am, is part of my process.
why I am
“The way we shape our stories shapes our lives.”
—Arlene Goldbard, from The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future
I returned home to a still wintry April, and continued working as Spring began to exert her magic in this place I love.
Here & There, my first solo exhibit at The Art Garden, opened on May 3rd with a lovely flower-filled reception. Ricardo Frota performed his magic with sounds that transported us into the rainforest of his native Brazil.
The exhibit can be viewed until May 23rd, 2014.
Please stop by during our drop-in hours:
Mondays through Saturdays, 1pm – 5pm.
Or call for an appointment: 413-625-2782.
See our map, if you’ve never been to The Art Garden before.
Muchas gracias to Deborah, Christian, Dan, Liz, Bob, John, Laura, Kate, Laura, Alethea, Cosima, Pam, David, Suzanne, Pat, Bob, Paget, Mikayla, Karen, Linda, Stephanie, Markie, Pam, Edite, Phyllis, Alan, Miriam, Carlos, Heidi & Guadalupe
for making it possible!!!!!