Wrapping up a residency – Carole Halle

The top of my sculpture mirrors the shape of the hills of Vermont

We have entered the last month of our residency. Trying to complete the work in progress is now the priority. We just participated in Mana’s open studio by putting together a group show of all ISC Mana residents and two residents from “Grounds for sculpture”. The event was an occasion to see the Brooklyn Rail’s installation “Occupy Mana” as well as a number of exhibitions such as the food installation by artist Song Dong. The open studios drew an enormous crowd, including many people visiting Mana for the first time. Shortly after, we had a studio visit with artist Sean Mellyn. The visit led us to an insightful conversation about our works and being an artist in the current art scene. I was impressed by Sean’s observations and want to keep his comments in mind as I keep moving forward with my work. Continue reading

On sculpture, dance and gravity

Working outdoors at Mana

After a month and a half as a resident at Mana, life seems to have fallen into a routine, and a busy one at that. The time traveling to New Jersey every day gave me plenty of time to think more carefully about the influences and the subject matter that prevail in my work. A dominant influence seems to be my background as a dancer. I am becoming increasingly aware of its fundamental influence beyond feeling crippled when working without listening to music. Continue reading

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