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flying to france to find colors with the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists

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I have recently been accepted to the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists. This is a program through Maryland Institute of Art. It invites individual practicing artists to attend a five week residency in the medieval village Lehon in Brittany, France. 

I am looking forward to this beautiful opportunity. t\Through the program I have been given housing and a studio. I do however need a little bit of help getting there. What follows is my proposal for the project I intend to focus on during my stay in Lehon. Though it is an overall personal project I hope to expand my idea to involve many others. For example, creating this Kickstarter gives me the opportunity to share the work I create abroad with those who donate. I do also hope to share the colors of Lehon with a greater group of people by eventually showing the work I have created in a gallery setting. /p>

This is my proposal for the time I will spend at the residency:

I've lost track of how many hours I have spent looking at that small black and white photo on my grandmother's refrigerator. Though I have always been absorbed in it, I've never actually asked her what the picture is about. The image is of her as a child with her brother and sisters, dressed in fine clothes, ready to go somewhere. But where were they standing exactly? Where were they heading? What color was the sky that day?

My Grandmother was born in Sicily but grew up in a French province. When she moved to the United States in her twenties, it was up to my adolescent mother to teach her the English she learned in school. It seems to me that my grandmother is often stuck between her old language and English. I find that she is unable to articulate a specific instance and frustratingly settles on leaving out most details. I always fear that even if I did ask her about the photo on the refrigerator, she would be unable to explain the intricacies of that moment.


I use color in my work to define moments in time. I am constantly writing down instances that I wish to remember and stories that I hope to share with others. From my writing I take the colors that make up each moment and arrange them to retell these stories abstractly. They are often supported by text within the painting itself. All of the data I collect, whether it is color or writing, is of direct consequence to my environment and I am particularly stimulated when I am immersed in a completely new place.

What I hope to do is compare my grandmother's memories from her childhood with the memories I make during my stay in France. I've given myself the project of attempting to uncover my grandmother's memories through dialogue and recreating them with color: for example, mixing the color of the room she grew up in, or recreating the light in her garden, gradually bringing the black and white photo on the refrigerator to full color and her creating a color palate of her memory. My time in Brittany will also be spent documenting moments that make an impression on me, people I meet and places I wish to hold onto forever.  I will be writing my story and mapping my memory through color of the time I spend there. In the end, I will have two maps describing two different time periods in a similar place. I am sure the colors from my grandmother's memories will differ from my own experience but, I hope  to find some overlapping lines and I'm almost certain that I will.

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