At this time right now I am about as busy as I have been in my life in art, possibly with the exception of sometime in the 1990's when production and exhibition were high. I am amazed to find myself prepping for a residency in Venice. I was invited by the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica to work there this fall. It happens at a time when I exactly needed exactly that. The expertise of master printers will be available to me, I am being taken care of, and will have all the equipment and space for growing and changing my printmaking approach. Keys to the studio and unlimited access.
I had to send them a photo of myself. This required me to notice that I am no longer 26 years old and that nothing can be done about it. I told a great artist friend of mine that my work was turning a corner and he said he thought I just needed to turn a corner in a gondola! Well, not really, what I need is to get a good handle on the new mode of operation. I like to go to work and know what to do. That is not possible now for the kind of expansion I want to push for. So discomfort is a part of it.
I am going to be working hard there, and many things have to be attended to before I leave, including a summer term of teaching screen printing at a new art center here, inclusion in several regional exhibits and arrangement for deliveries while I am gone. I am a nervous traveler, but good once I get there. And naturally, I will take my tango shoes. So if anyone is going to be in Venice, or wants to tango there, let me know. Or even if they want to visit or walk around, or sit down for a meal, or see what I am working on.
But if I can tango, I know I will be at home for some moments of music and shared experience.
The work will change, life will change. It makes me happy that tango will, wherever I land, be the same. I will walk down an unfamiliar narrow street looking for the doorway, and will hear a familiar sound, and as I get closer, I will walk in and find my home in the music, and in the embrace of a world wide community.