Sarah left the next day, and we were sad to see her pull away with her trailer in tow, but happy for her to be on her way in the next episode in her touring adventure. She is traveling with her project through the Midwest and into the Southwest this winter. She is raising money for the trip on Indigogo, and will keep us up to date on her Raw Art blog.
While in residence, Sarah also completed a chapbook of writings and drawings made here and elsewhere, finished a glass mosaic to be installed in our meadow sculpture park, learned the useful basics of Photoshop, and of course she made friends.
On a windy afternoon, Sarah and Rose and I ventured into the Silver Lake Dunes, to climb and tumble and shoot a video dramatizing a lone wanderer's plight in the desert.
Jeff realized his community project this week as well, building a sculptural shelf from found wood to house our studio's collection of self-published materials. The Zine Library is a new edition to our main room, and we already have limited edition publications on the shelf from former residents Paul Richardson, Mary Rothlisberger, Marlee Grace, Josh Kermiet, and of course Sarah Haas. Jeff has added a couple of his own zines with comics, photography, and painting, and will be completing more while in residence. He explained a bit of zine culture to us in his talk on Sunday, describing the collectable booklets as a type of currency, and as a container in which he can organize and distribute his own work in pencil, paint, sculpture, and collage.
Along with stitching his ever-growing fabric mural, Grant took on a project for the local Bra Art fundraiser. Artists are asked to decorate a plain bra to be auctioned off in an event that will benefit breast cancer research and awareness. Grant integrated pine needles and scraps of fabric with tight stitching on a piece dedicated to those he las lost to cancer.
Grant headed home to Toronto on Sunday morning, after DJing a studio dance party, starring in our impromptu Karaoke night, and throwing us a pizza party on his last night in town.