Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
I’m on a residency in glass walled building suspended on the side of a mountain, with an adjoining commercial kitchen.
This space was designed for special functions. The owners would like to open it up for weddings, and it really would be an amazing place for such things. The owners generously offered this residency as part of an award I won last year. The building is at the far end of their property up a very steep windy private road. The drive up is a reminder that it is wonderfully isolated. Once you are here you want to stay.
With the great kitchen facilities I can’t help but find myself pacing my days by what we will next cook and next eat. I arrived here after an intensively busy year and am finding the relative isolation of the property, the extraordinary views and the uninterrupted day, a welcome challenge to the pace I have been leading.
I have time to think, read and reflect. This is day 3 and I am getting the swing of it, I think. Frustratingly, but perhaps intentionally, I forgot the charger for my mobile phone. I did bring a lot of books (I have finished one and started 2 more), my laptop, music, food, some wax and wax tools, sketchbook and my partner Nick (also an artist).
There is something quite special about being located away from my usual demands. I somewhat guiltily left my colleagues to help the graduates pack up their final exhibition. Thank you Cath and Katie.
Did I mention there is no TV? The sun shines in from just after 4am and so that seems like a good time to wake. As of yesterday we have watched fires from a thankfully safe distance.