Amber gave her slide talk on the last day of the residency season, showing some of her early work with puppets and animation and decorative food. She included her three proudest moments in life in the presentation, the most recent being our sand sculpture victory!
Eliza made custom shirts for everyone on the team, reviving the team name we came up with two summers ago, Keep It Wet. Three friends of the studio, Jenna, Josh, and Brian, brought their early morning muscles to the sand to dig deep, slap down, and keep it wet. After several brainstorming sessions in the previous week, and careful consideration of this year's homecoming theme "Sailing the Lakes," Nick drew up plans for a sailboat bursting out of the sand, with Beaver Island to the starboard side. The S.S. Soooo Fun was a life-sized boat, with the perfect place for a photo opportunity in our party cabin. The beach was full of people, and many of them joined us to snap a photo and dance to Enya. Judged on creativity, attention to detail, and relevance to the theme, we rose to dramatic glory at the awards ceremony. In the past two years, our team has come in second and third in the contest, so this was no small feat on the part of our excellent crew this summer.
Last week, resident artist Alex Difiglia went home to Grand Rapids. She couldn't stay away for long though; she returned Thursday night to help us win the sand sculpture contest and continue her pie research. After a day of shoveling, hauling water, and dancing our pants off, Alex made us the ultimate comfort food dinner- vegetable pot pies. On the table adorned with our trophies, she set each plate with a sheet of paper and asked us to record our thoughts on the pie. Everyone was happy to do their homework for Alex, well fed and triumphant.
With many new projects in beginning stages, Nick wrapped up his time here by making a zine to leave in our library. His zine includes drawings, photography, and video stills of all of the people he has been spying on.
After squirming at his desk, Scotty needed to get out, and he invited us all to a rave in the woods. He and Amber had been exploring the pathways through the forest behind Shared Space, and found a remarkable spot with a fire pit on a sandy cliff, leading down to a river swimming hole.
All of his projects came together on Sunday, as Scotty debuted his dear carcass puppet, Quintus, in a performance covering his findings from the survey. Quintas mused that most humans want to be more closely connected to the natural world, or "Nay'tcha" as he called it, but they live and consume in a way that is rapidly destroying it.