Papermill DNA

This pop-up exhibition is the result of my participation in the Prairie Ronde Artist Residency series here in Vicksburg, MI. The programme was established as part of the Papermill renovation project.  The drawings were carried out both onsite at the mill, and in the Hills Pharmacy as the idea for the show was developed.

expo complete view

It was fascinating to finally visit a papermill building, I had already seen many in the area. In Parchment, Kalamazoo there is a huge abandoned factory that I was very curious about when I first saw it, but was warned it was difficult to get into and dangerous. Having been such an important industry in the region I was sure there must be an opportunity somewhere. So, on reading about this residency programme I could hardly contain my enthusiasm, and it was very rewarding to be admitted.

My initial reaction on visiting the mill was admiration for the early industrial architecture, as in the specialised designs for the work spaces required at the beginning of the last century, with so many windows to make the most of natural light.  The beautiful wooden beam structure of the top floor of the East wing, which allows overhead light in through the roof with north facing windows, would make the perfect studio for any artist.  And it goes to show the attention to detail for producing a high quality product, since it was here that the cotton rags were first sorted before washing and beating into pulp. Continue reading “Papermill DNA”

Prairie Ronde residency

This week I was so happy to begin drawing at an old paper mill in Vicksburg, a thirty minute drive from Kalamazoo. This is part of the Prairie Ronde residency programme which has been ongoing while the renovation of the mill is in the planning stages. Paper mills are dotted along the rivers all around these towns, it was a big part of Michigan history at the beginning of the last century. Getting to find out more about that history through the buildings themselves and the communities that grew up around them has been fascinating.

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Jouya Siruumamüin/ Camino a las nubes

Proyecto MAPEA/Natalya Critchley

MAPEA define la acción del equipo transdisciplinario que acompaña a la artista Natalya Critchley en el desarrollo de un método creativo, grupal, experimental, de elaboración de mapas visuales a gran escala sobre papel, que son el resultado plástico de sucesivas experiencias movilizadas por la artista en entornos urbanos diversos.

Consiste en un proceso de trabajo que involucra, en un determinado contexto local, a un grupo de estudiantes y docentes de educación básica con practicas creativas de reconocimiento de su entorno, basadas en la acción consciente de caminar el espacio publico, de andar la calle, identificando los propios referentes locales, espaciales, geográficos, urbanos, peatonales, y la reflexión  en torno a los modos -impuestos, o posibles- de ejercer y/o modificar esos recorridos en su territorio. 

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Camino de Caracas en Camino a Comala

Exposición de pintura en Camino a Comala: Café de especialidad, Santa María la Ribera, Ciudad de México, Octubre 2017

La ciudad a través de una rendija

Son simplemente vistas a través de una grieta, o más bien una rendija, que se dan en mi deambular urbano diario. Espacios perdidos, parciales, privados, derruidos, escondidos, fugaces. Los enfoco a distancia entre muros de concreto que los oscurecen, aunque su bella luz sigue produciendo esa atmósfera misteriosa que se revela en los colores añorados. La luz tropical igual ilumina con gracia las ruinas o la exuberante naturaleza que la retoma en minutos.

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