As many of you know, creating works of art to explore my inner and outer world is my life’s great joy and challenge.
In pursuit of this I am going to Italy!
I applied and have been accepted into an artist’s residency program in northern Italy, in a town called Sirmione, at the foot of the Alps. I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity for two uninterrupted weeks of art making, and for the opportunity to travel back to my motherland – the home country of my mother and father and the rest of my kin. It will be the first time I’ve gone back to Italy since childhood and I cannot wait to visit as an adult person. I am so excited to travel to Sirmione, to a place that is unfamiliar to me, and to a region that according to common sense, will contrast with the region of my southern forefathers. By discovering a new part of the country I hope to more deeply investigate my roots and to find inspiration in the parallels and differences to my home culture.
The town of Sirmione is home to a paper museum, a vineyard, and sits on the shore of Lake Garda. This will be a much-needed escape from city life and an inspirational setting to grow new work. I will be sharing studio space with five other artists whose company will be invaluable to broadening my community outside of New York.
After creating a book cover for a literary magazine that will debut this spring (!!) I’ve been overwhelmed with inspiration about making drawings for the printed page. I hope to pursue a new idea during my stay in Italy, and to gain insight into local decorative crafts that I can use to execute my visions. I am sure both the idea and myself will transform over the course of the residency – and this is the point.
In order to make this plan a reality I am asking for your support. Your donations will enable me to pay for my lodging , round trip airfare to Italy, art making supplies, and sustenance to keep me going! I can’t do it without you! Sincerely!
The residency begins in May and I will need to pay for my expenses by the end of March.
In exchange for your help, I would like to offer each of you a finished artwork. The idea of exchange is critically important to me, as I would like to continue to foster a feeling of community between us, and a shared sense of enjoyment.
I am so grateful that I belong to a community that allows me to feel safe asking for help!
With love and gratitude,
Please check out my website and instagram for proof:
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