Glastonbury Collective Residency

The Glastonbury Collective

SKETCHBOOK

The sketchbook that I made and carried with me for the duration of the two-month residency (and continue to work in) holds my observations of daily life and the places, objects, and plants I encounter. Tap to see full size images.

THE STRUCTURE

This sculptural piece is a collaboration with artist, friend, and housemate Sean VandenBrink and is constructed entirely from trees from the property. It resides in the garden of the Glastonbury Collective, next to the apple tree.

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WOODBLOCK PRINTS

Made on sycamore end-grain wood from a tree in my home state of Virginia, depicting plants I met in Michigan.

HERBARIUM

A collection of pressed plants from an abandoned lot a few blocks away from Glastonbury, mounted and labeled as they would be in an herbarium collection.

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+ Project Statement

"Sustained, intense seeing of the world does matter. It always matters. How else can we know where we fit in relationship to everything else in the world but by seeing it with attention-- concentrated, sustained attention?" -Terry Evans, photographer

"If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it." -Andy Warhol

This is my attempt to really see (and hear, smell, touch and taste) the space I inhabit. In this work I focus on the home. In concentric circles radiating outward from this central point I examine the garden, the block, the neighborhood, and the city of Detroit. I have spent the past two months in constant motion: walking and running through the neighborhood, biking through the city-- with my senses turned on high to take it all in. The home, garden and studio have been places of stillness, reflection, and careful observation.To me, the work I have created here is a reflection of the encounters I have had with this place (these places) as they happened- as I see them. To you, perhaps, they they become a reflection of me and how I see the world. When I find myself wondering why I make art, I often return to Terry Evans' quote and remind myself that really focusing on the people, plants, places, and phenomena that cross my path must be important. It places me firmly in this world-- this lovely, surpising, messy world-- and even if thatis all it does, it is enough.