I’m excited to say that I’m in the first few days of an artist’s residency at McColl Center for Art + Innovation as their UNC Charlotte Artist in Residence. I know, it’s a mouthful. Here’s the skinny on what I’ll be doing in Charlotte for the next 2.5 months. I’ll have two projects going at the same time.
First, I’m so honored to be the UNCC artist in residence, it means that I get to team-teach a class with my dear buddy Erik Waterkotte. It’s an awesome coincidence that we’re both here attached to UNCC at the same time and it means we’ve really been able to hit the ground running with our class. Our students will be spending the semester working with organizations or populations in their community. They’ll be replicating my process of making work that is intended to raise awareness of a social justice topic. We’ll be teaching them how to work with vulnerable populations and organizations. Also, we’ll be teaching them tools for documentation and production. We’re going to focus on photo-mechanical print methods such as silkscreen and photo litho. But along the way we’ll be leaving the door open for them to create the work that best serves their message. My time with the class will culminate with an exhibition of the work we make together.
My other project will be a continuation of my larger body of work dealing with domestic violence. I’ll be documenting the efforts of Safe Alliance, a wonderful Charlotte organization that runs a domestic violence shelter and offers resources for people in crisis. I’ll be working with them to create more images. And then I’ll also be (finally) getting to print some of the images I collected in Italy, of the Florence shelter that I worked with for five months.
We’ve been working on and planning this residency since about 2012….I’m so excited, overwhelmed, thrilled, honored, generally jazzed and freaked out by all the great stuff that’s going to happen in the next ten weeks.
I’ll be posting here regularly, detailing some of the info I’m sharing with my students and the things I’m up to. So stay tuned for more info. Also! If you’re planning to be in the Charlotte area anytime soon let me know!
Thanks for reading.