Ecology / Symbiosis

Residency I.

Symbiosis is a residency for artists to learn about wild ecology. It took place in July of 2022. The program offered daily video chats with research scientists, naturalists, and artists around the world on topics that focused on connections between living organisms. Built into the 2 - 2.5 hours of daily programming were discussions, recommended assignments, and show-and-tell. Biophilium residencies are designed to facilitate research that will enrich the practice of visual and conceptual artists within a group of like-minded creative people. 

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Earth Pigments / WildCraft

Residency II.

Wildcraft is a residency for artists interested in harvesting materials from the wild. The program offered daily video lectures and chats with nine experienced foragers about their techniques for collecting and processing materials from nature. We also learned from the seven artists in the class about their art practices. Built into the 2 - 2.5 hours of daily programming were discussions, demonstrations, recommended assignments, and show-and-tell. Ultimately, the program focused on finding meaning and majesty in materials while making relationships with the wildlife that surrounds us. The emphasis in this residency was on color and learning from color practitioners on how to create color from natures palette. This includes working with mordents and tannins. Ultimately, we learned how to work with color and material's color resistance to fading or running and becoming as archival as possible.

The residency projects are meant to inform my sculpture and painting. Each of these residencies provided an enormous amount of information that I am still organizing. The pieces you see here were created during the residency period July-August. They have been painted using methods and techniques taught by color practitioners we met and worked with during the residency Wildcraft. A takeaway was how to work with nature's palette and make my colors as archival as possible. The body of work from 2022 using fruits, flowers and vegitables, mica, and salt has held its color. As with any work of art, do not leave it in direct sunlight. A mordant like iron or tannins can be used as a sub-mordant on cottons, along with alum or another metal salt. Tannins help baste and cellulous fibers to catch and bond with the dye. You can dye cotton without the tannin mordant, but it will help the dye retain. A tannin mordant will impact the color of the final dye on the plant fibers as well. I highly recommend any of the residencies offered by Ayatana.

2020 Artist Residency

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Art Ventures residency, Half Moon Bay, CA, January - February 2020.

Art Ventures gallery, 888 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025

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