I had the pleasure of completing a five day art residency at the Sou'Wester in Seaview, Washington last month. I haven't had a lot of time to sit down and reflect on the experience so I thought I would do that today. The residency program is open to writers, musicians, visual artists, cooks, crafts people, and engineers alike. I applied last year but did not have the time to complete the residency, so I reapplied this year as a birthday gift to myself. I am so grateful that I was able to take the time to do this- it was really needed. I hope to make the time to do this or something like it every year.
For more information about the Art Residency Program at the Sou'Wester or to apply, visit their website here.
Since I primarily make images using film- I started out knowing that I needed to organize and sort through my archives of negatives from over the years. I can be good about labeling, scanning, printing, and dating my negatives but I've gotten so busy and I've been making a lot of images, especially the last 4 years or so. I also wanted to see any themes in my work to start to curate a solo show for 2017.
The following is a journal of my days during the residency. Happy reading and enjoy!
Sunday- First Night at the Sou’Wester Art Residency
It was a good drive up to the Sou'Wester from Portland and I arrived around 5 pm just before dark. I had just enough time to unload the truck and get checked in. I bought all of the archival negative binders up this evening. It’s almost 6 pm and I've got the scanner and computer all setup ready to scan and organize my archives. It's a strange practice to digitize the stacks of analog negatives I've made over the years.
I was so excited on the drive out for the next four days, to focus and complete my work. I am so grateful to be at such a unique spot on the coast. Peace and quiet, besides the sounds the lodge makes which are rather comforting. Looking forward to working next to the inspiring smell of the sea. Scanned a few rolls after dinner and then turned in early.