Desiree D'Alessandro's Artist Residency in Spain
Desiree D'Alessandro's Artist Residency in Spain
An emerging artist will create experimental & site-specific artworks at Can Serrat.
An emerging artist will create experimental & site-specific artworks at Can Serrat. Read more
“Walking shares with making and working that crucial element of engagement of the body and the mind with the world, of knowing the world through the body and the body through the world.” ― R. Solnit
I am pleased to announce that I have been invited to an artist residency at Can Serrat in Spain! I will spend four weeks exploring Montserrat Natural Park, the Monastery, the village El Bruc, and the surrounding regions of Spain to glean inspiration to produce new works of art. I am thrilled for this experience to make site-specific artworks, while drawing inspiration from the Catalan hills and the nearby city of Barcelona. The resulting works will continue the tradition of my experimental and experiential art practice, as archived on my website: www.desiree-dalessandro.com.
ABOUT CAN SERRAT
The Can Serrat Centro de Actividades Artisticas was founded in 1988 by a group of artists, and today continues to uphold its mission to provide an exciting working and living space for artists. The art center is based out of a rustic farmhouse equipped with bedrooms, studios, a wine-cellar converted into a multi-use studio with facilities for printmaking and performance, ample outdoor workspace, and more. Can Serrat is a tremendous opportunity for me because the transformational experience will promote substantive creative discourse, and the opportunity to participate in a thriving international arts community. To learn more about the residency, see www.canserrat.org.
I am an experimental contemporary artist. I recently earned my Master of Fine Arts degree in New Genres and Extended Praxes from the University of California, Santa Barbara. My work explores the elusive properties that are inherent to art, memory, and experience. I investigate psychological, physiological, and phenomenological systems, and I am especially interested in the interstices or gaps regarding perception, interpretation, and understanding. I invite the viewer to explore and contemplate these systems in their engagement with my artworks–and by extension, their engagement with life. The catalyst for this fascination was the passing of my beloved mother and only brother. My brother and I always defined each other in comparative and relational terms, and after his passing there was a rupture in my self-definition. Even today I have not completely regained my identity. Instead, my explorations of how I understand who I am, the relationship between the individual and the collective, is central to my work.
ABOUT MY WORK
My work frequently integrates the physicality of my body. I currently utilize the sport of boxing as a medium for transformation and as fertile ground for exploring immediate contemporary issues regarding performance studies, sports politics, race/gender/identity formation, and spaces/sites of resistance. In previous works, I have used physicality as a medium in other ways, namely through walking as a medium. I have generated a body of works that have responded to various environments as a catalyst for reflection and examination. Sites for my walking projects included the desolate Mojave Desert, CA and threatening sites of tension within the urban cityscape of Tampa, FL, where I produced the series titled Scrap Matters: Reading the Desert, Project Sleep Walk/Talk, and Rising & Falling: How we Walk.
ABOUT MY KICKSTARTER PROJECT (IN SPAIN)
As an experimental artist, the media in which I execute my work is often eclectic, varying from public performances, interactive installations, sculptures, found objects, digital video/audio works, photographs, drawings and more. At Can Serrat, I plan to explore documenting rigorous walking performances, site-specific installations, and time-lapse investigations around Spain. This simultaneous conditioning routine and meditative ritual resonates with the history of the surrounding Can Serrat site. Similar to the contributions of walking artists Richard Long, Hamish Fulton, and Christian Philipp Muller, I plan to document the effect of my presence on the environment and also the environment's effect on me via photographs, binaural audio recordings, and other expanded media. A large portion of my time will be spent in the studios reconciling the data into additional tangible and experiential artworks that can be realized and re-exhibited back in America. I can't wait to update you all as these artworks are realized and give you an in-the-making preview as they are being fabricated!
WHY SUPPORT THIS PROJECT?
The $1,300 goal will cover basic costs associated with my artist residency while in Spain, including production and post-production materials and equipment to generate new artworks, access to the ample studio space and labs, as well as access to an international arts community, which will assist in the implementation, development, and critique of my arts practice. I have already a received a Support Stipend from Can Serrat to cover some residency expenses and a grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County to cover travel, food, and some living costs. Hopefully through this campaign and with your generous donations, I can really lay emphasis and focus on the artworks which will be generated!
I look forward to investigating Can Serrat's site of the Montserrat Natural Park to reexamine my interests in walking as a creative practice. Can Serrat provides access to a mountainous topography, a landscape I have yet to explore, where I can continue to broaden and expand my research and practice while collaborating with new artists in a working community. This will foster new explorations of harnessing my body that will directly contribute to my comprehension of walking as a spacial practice–as a form of navigation and transformation. Like many artists before me, the unique and natural beauty of the Catalan hills and influence of the Catalan culture will enrich me creatively, physically, and spiritually as I create new and exciting works of art inspired by Spain.
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