Carnevale, or how Venice and Alaska are alikeFebruary 8, 2016
Artists Books: Made in VeniceMarch 27, 2016
Three weeks ago I boarded the Alilaguna to the airport and said goodbye to Venice. A lifetime seems to have passed in that short time as I struggle to find my rhythm again in my life in the western Massachusetts countryside. I keep trying to stay true to the “Lessons of Venice” because they apply to every moment of living, whether in Venice, the Berkshires, the Bronx or elsewhere.
- There is so much joy surrounding me at all times. When I choose to passionately connect to the present moment it nearly electrifies me.
- Wilderness is a mindset. It’s as much in the mind as it is in the place. It surrounds us.
- Relax into being lost. When you can be open to that feeling, amazing things can happen.
- This one is borrowed from Corita Kent: Be happy, it’s lighter than you think.
- Laugh, don’t take it on.
- There’s always more than one way. It may take a couple of wrong turns, but when the path gets too crowded, take the parallel or unknown one. You may like it better, and sometimes, it’s actually quicker.
- Always listen to that inner longing, even if it wants you to do something that seems scary.
- Seven weeks is too long to be away from Doug.
During my time in Venice I actively worked to be grateful as much as possible for this opportunity and to pause in gratitude for my life, my family and friends and what I was learning and doing in Venice. These pictures represent some of the highlights–including people that I met and work that I created.
I’ll be working on the ideas generated in Venice that build on past writings and work related to the role of walking in creative practice at my next residency. I leave for a four-week residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in the beginning of April. In July, I will exhibit this work at MCLA’s Gallery 51 in a solo exhibition entitled Wayfinding. Save the date–it opens July 28th.
My trip to Venice was supported in part by the 2016 Individual Artist Grant from the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.