Rumi shared her portfolio of installation work, each piece a unique response to a physical space and her personal state of mind. Rumi uses materials and the actions that manipulate them as metaphors and markers of time. She talked about her time at Shared Space, and her discovery of the best sunsets and the best chips in the world.
Evan was our last artist to present, and he walked us through his studies in printmaking and painting. We saw the recurring imagery in his paintings- hands and feet, camouflage, plant life, and self-portraiture- all come together in a video that he impulsively shot in the meadow, using his sound recordings from the Swift Lathers museum as the soundtrack.
This group of residents had a great time in the kitchen together, and Terri's excitement about food sparked the idea for a Shared Space Studio cookbook. To start a collection of recipes that will live in the studio kitchen, Terri wrote The Bean Manifesto; a two-page meandering explanation of how to cook the best beans ever.
Terri decided not to finish the residency with the rest of us, and Rumi left with her- they both headed out of town on Sunday after the slide talks and one last trip to capture the sunset on Pentwater Beach.
The next morning was our last meal together, we had breakfast and coffee at the table while we imagined ourselves on a pontoon brunch cruise. The resident artists scrambled to finish and pack up their projects, and we ended our fourth summer season of kick-ass visiting artists. After thirty-five residents have activated the space in countless ways, we are now scheming to honor their work in an exhibition- keep in touch as we work out the details...