Starting a residency: looking for a central line through unsettling shapes

I see my shapes as eliciting unsettling emotions

I visited Mana for the first time a little over a year ago during an open studio event.  A friend of mine had suggested that I meet a sculptor working there, Max Pelzman, who was sculpting with materials and techniques that I was about to experiment with. I was grateful for his generosity, but was also impressed by the complex of buildings, including a foundry, that forms Mana. The energy, sense of community and works that I saw there made me decide to visit regularly and maybe find a way to become a part of it. When I heard of the ISC’s residency program, I couldn’t help but apply. So, here I am, so thankful to the ISC and Mana Contemporary for their generosity and so honored to have been selected. Continue reading

Subterranean

It’s been about two weeks since moving into the studios here at Mana and I am loving it.  I’ve been enjoying getting to know Carole and seeing her practice.  I’m curious to see how our work develops during our time here as I’m already picking up on similarities in our ideas and use of materials.  It’s quite nice to be in a space where other artists are working alongside you.  Years have gone by since I’ve had that type of community and I’m feeling energized by it already.  The studios are located in the subterranean layer of Mana, aka the basement.  It is buzzing with young and emerging artists and is quite large, with high ceilings and an open layout.  It is motivating to glance up from my work bench across the basement and see half a dozen other studios with artists currently at work.  Being a part of this space challenges me to work well and push myself.  Continue reading

Looking back on the ISC residency at GFS: Nooshin

It’s been a week that my residency in grounds for sculpture is over. Looking back at my works in the residency, it surprises me how much my work has changes during such a short amount of time.

Working almost every night by lotus pond taking out a dead tree’s root, experiencing a different work schedule which was not based on what I decide to do in my studio, but it depended on what nature brought to me made me become a better observer. Continue reading

Voyages, Alien Sperm Fruit and Coco-Skins

Bubbles series grande 1 work in progress

What an eventful month! Travel to new places, visitors, experimenting in new media and new works.

The beginning of July offered me the opportunity to travel to the Antilles Islands and see new and unexpected things. I was concerned that leaving for a few days in the midst of the residency would break my stride. Instead I found that the experience provided me with so much inspiration! Continue reading

Time Flies When You’re An Artist-In-Residence

The staff, faculty and other artists at ISCxGFS have been showing us a great time!

Took a trip into NYC to see some friends and shows a few weeks ago. Fellow PSU MFA Kayley Berezney’s corpulent exhibition Lumpy, Dumpy & Grumpy opened at Disclaimer Gallery. Kayley’s work is super physical and visceral and it was effectively situated in the tight, cramped space within the Silent Barn. Plus there was a metal show in the main room. Continue reading

Continuing the dual life: Underground

The last two weeks were full of adventures in and out of grounds for sculpture. Visiting Johnson Atelier, and digital Atelier where they make big sculptures, having an artist talk, studio visits and etc.

The most exciting adventure though was visiting Mana contemporary in Jersey City. One of the largest contemporary art organizations in US, as the tour leader said, in a renovated tobacco company with gorgeous metal doors and amazing art collection bringing together performers and visual artists under the same roof of a unique architecture. Where we had the chance to visit amazing artist Gina Miccinilli and Olga Alexander, artist residence in Mana as well as checking out Contemporary Iranian artist show. Continue reading