Artist Residency - it's over or just beginning?
I wrote last that October was going to be a busy month for me as I had secured an artist residency with (NISDA) the Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts, Nantucket, MA. The residency included a large, personal working space with tables and supplementary lighting, simple kitchen, bedroom and bath. I sent supplies in advance and although I drew up a list for what I hoped would be a satisfactory three weeks of self directed study, frankly I didn't know what to expect from myself from the unrestricted work limits and gift of time.
I worked chiefly in my favored medium of encaustics, initiating, manipulating, photographing, marketing, producing and reworking over 35 (some here - diannawoolley.com) new individual pieces. Albeit small sized – 6" x 6", 10" x 10", and 12" x 12" - a 35 piece set of anything seems sizable to me and I'm thoroughly pleased with the tangible outcome or should I say I'm thoroughly pleased "with the beginning of an unlimited outcome'.
Working 3 weeks with little interruption other than water, food, study breaks, etc. yielded physical labor, inquiry, information, resolution, change, reinforcement, self knowledge, worthwhile results. Specifically, I've returned to my studio with the foundation for a new body of larger sized work, a determined mindset in favor of my abilities as an artist, and the clear and present joy of creativity in yet another step higher toward the pinnacle of my creativity.
"Artist Residency definition — an incredible opportunity and force in the universe resulting in the action of pushing, shoving, kicking, coaxing, enticing, intoxicating, incentivizing, encouraging and blessing one's artist self through and into a new dimension of productivity, courage, selection, perspective, confidence and well-being — a blessing for which I'm ever so grateful!" —Dianna Woolley