Within the limitations of the COVID-new-normal we were able to start up the residency program.
This newsletter tells about the residents and their projects of May and June. Residencies earlier in 2021 are presented on the 2021 page.
Tim Gleason (USA) was sketching every day: sometimes abstract, sometimes objects from his direct surroundings, sometimes conceptual. He fixed every work on the wall of his studio until he had filled the full surface of 10 to 6 m. The video gives an impression. At the end of his residency he put all works in his suitcase, because they are meant to be building stones for big paintings that he will make at home.
The music in this video is an improvisation by a fellow resident: Stefano Falcone (see also elsewhere in this newsletter).
Bobbie Esra Pertran was working on several projects. One was the story of her family: a true example of global nomadism during the past two centuries. She just got an invitation for an exhibition in Norway.
Bobbie was also fascinated by the wind. She started a collaboration with a fellow resident and composer: Tetsuya Hori. It may result into a music video.
And she made video and photo recordings of sunset at solstice.
Tetsuya Hori (Japan, living in Germany) was working on a composition for piano for four hands. In addition he was collecting sounds from the surroundings, ranging from marble sawing machines to bells of cows, sheep and goats, for which he lent a set from Almerindo, the local shepherd.
Gerry van der Linden (Holland) did the final editing of her newest poetry album: "Niemand blijft het langst" (nobody stays the longest), which is scheduled to be published in September. In addition she made many new poems, some of them contemplative and others hilarious. During her artist talk she also showed a collection of observations and small objects from her direct surroundings.
Peter Bremer (Holland) generally paints abstract, but this time he decided to make a series of portraits in oil paint of his fellow residents. The one above is of Sebastiaan van Bijleveld.
Cathy Rose (USA) was working on a novel that tells about a hippy community, living in yurts. She is intrigued by the impact of unconventional lifestyles: the idealism, misunderstandings, blurred values, clashes and disillusions. She made use of her own youth experiences as well as her background as psychologist.
A nice co-incidence was that, near to us some yurts are used as part of an eco-village. During her artist talk Cathy showed her talent as a reader. Especially a short story about a lunatic who got fascinated by a Buddha necklace, was both moving and funny.
Nora van Dam (Holland) felt that she has nearly completely recovered from a serious health problem. This motivated her to restart her theater activities. She made a video in which she recites part of Joie de Vivre, a story written by Albert Camus that tells about a fat young woman who sings in a pub surrounded by over-exited drunken men. The way Nora brings this monologue is very touching (see Nora´s Facebook site, although only spoken in Dutch).