WEIR FARM TRUST ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE / VISITING ARTISTS PROGRAM, 1999
Drawing inspiration from its magical landscape, artists have lived and worked at Weir Farm for 118 years. The preservation of an extraordinary facet of America's artistic heritage underlies the signifigance of Weir Farm. Equally important, is the preservation of an environment where contemporary artists can thrive. This environment includes not onlythe physical landscape, but also an atmosphere in which the creative spirit is both fostered and nurtured. Providing outstanding opportunities for promising artists within the context of this environment is a mandate of the Weir Farm Trust and is critical to the success of the long-range management plan of the Farm.
The cornerstone of the Trust's programs and central to its mission is the Visual Artists Program which includes resident and visiting artists. Residencies in the newly developed Artist-In-Residence program last two weeks to a month. Artists eventually live in the Burlingham House, which currently serves as the Visitor Center, and work in studios to be constructed on the footprint of a former building. In the meantime, living and work space is located in excellent facilities within a short walk from the Farm.
The Visiting Artists Program, originally envisioned as the first step towards the development of the residency program, uses Weir Farm as an "open air" studio. This program encourages artists to create a cohesive body of work based on their own personal experiences or interpretation of the landscape. Artists are selected through a competitive panel process to spend a period of time, up to a year, working at the Farm.
Artists chosen for participation in the Visiting Artists Program have reached a level of maturity in their work and have thoughtfully considered why they would like to work at the Farm. Since its beginning in 1991, the program has attracted Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Endowment of the Arts Fellows and Connecticut Commission on the Arts grant recipients, as well as winners of other national and international residency and fellowship awards. Artists apply to the program in all visual art forms.
We are pleased with this year's outstanding artists Pamela Ayres, Nancy Buck, Bob Chaplin, John Gruen, John Mulcahy and Betty Tompkins. We again extend our deepest thanks to The Stamford Museum and Nature Center and to Ken Marchione, Director of Art, for making this exhibition possible.
J. Alden Weir had a lifelong commitment to nurturing other artists. His spirit is alive and well at the Farm, due in great part to the artists who come to immerse themselves in their work, having been captured by the landscape that continues to inspire.
Constance Evans, Executive Director
VISITING ARTIST: TWINROCKER HANDMADE PAPER, 2004
This project, entitled Stitching and Sewing These Things That Grow, is a visual investigation of the presentation of natural elements from the Indiana landscape into installations and formal art spaces. The project involves the creation of a series of sculptures constructed with sewn handmade paper, linen and wood elements produced for the purpose of exhibition. The sculptures are made from simple fabrics, hand carved wood, steel and a variety of custom hand pulled papers from the Twinrocker Handmade Paper in Brookston, IN. This series incorporates paper made with fibers of plants indigenous to Indiana from both the wild and the agricultural landscapes. The project is designed to develop my understanding of were I now live and allows me to investigate this region of the country and its ecological distinctions. These works will be an evolution of things that reflect my changing attitude towards this countrys many historical circumstances and our use of varied resources.
* Support provided, in part, by the Indiana Arts Commission, Bradley University and Twinrocker Handmade Paper.
INSTALLATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
The exploration of natural materials is affected by seasonal and regional
conditions. When I am in the outdoors I gather seeds, shells, rocks, dirt,
sand, snow or water. I make and arrange ball-shaped elements that naturally
evolve into an altered arrangement. Often the transformed physical makeup
of the installations is realized in the passage of time. In addition to the
affects of weather and time, in relationship to the work, has an affect on
the viewer. The dirt balls grow grass, the sand balls blow away in the wind
and dissolve in the surf, and the snow and ice balls melt into puddles. Interpreting
the ball objects into selected environments enables me to incorporate the
rhythm and systems of nature into the works while gently conveying aspirations
of some formal elements of design.
GUANDU NATURE PARK PRESENTS INTERNATIONAL OUTDOOR SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
Guandu Nature Park located in Taipei
County will present its first International Outdoor Sculpture Festival opening
in May 2006. Six international artists will
come to Taiwan and create site specific sculpture installations using natural
materials and focused on the theme of nature and the environment. The
Sculpture Festival is being organized by Guandu Nature Park to coincide with
their annual International Bird Watching Festival.
The Sculpture Festival will include public activities and workshops by some
of the invited artists. Each artist will have a volunteer host for their
7-10 day stay in Taiwan, and volunteer helpers will assist the artists in
making their works.
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