I’m honored to have been an artist in residence at Chateau Orquevaux from April 29-May 27 of 2022. This post will be mostly a photo diary with some small explanations of each photo. The experience itself was too vast and too deep to fully put into words. Part of the reason I’ve put off writing this blog post is because it’s taken many months of digestion post-residency to pull together my thoughts surrounding it. My main takeaways were as follows.
- I was shocked at how transformed I was by the experience. I anticipated going, making work, hopefully making friends. I did not anticipate the deep kindness, the unencumbered generosity of the other residents, lifelong friends, and greater love I’ve ever experienced in any community.
- The work I made was a little different than I imagined. My palette was more influenced by the blue/green pond outside of my studio window than I meant, but I’m grateful nonetheless.
- I took so much knowledge, insights, and tools to experiment with from people I probably would have never crossed paths with.
I would reccomend a residency to anyone who has the opportunity to go, but only go if you’re willing to be profoundly changed. Here are some of my perspectives from this place. This is not an exhaustive photo catalog, but simply some photos to give you a sense of the experience. To see the works I created while in residence, please click here.
There were other residents and other moments not captured, but it’s simply impossible to share everything. I hope you got a taste for the experience and enjoyed a few snippets from my month away. Here are the works I made while in residence. If you think a residency would benefit your career in writing, music, performance, painting, sculpture… whatever – it probably will, and I reccomend the Chateau. Thank you Ziggy for being a fabulous host and making magic in your little kingdom. Apply here.
Thank you for writing about your positive experience, as I have just been accepted to attend in 2024.