Spring News: MASS MoCa Residency, Project "Flow", Artist in Residence at Broad Institute and more
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Spring News from MASS MoCA Residency

Happy Spring, and hello from MASS MoCA in North Adams! I am staying at the Studios at MASS MoCA, a residency program for working artists organized by the museum’s Assets for Artists Initiative I’m staying here for two weeks, and my stay so far has been very productive. Spring is bringing me many exciting news that I want to share with you.

Starting from this month, I'm appointed as Artist in Residence at Broad Institute, a collaborative community pioneering a new model of biomedical research, based in Cambridge, MA. I’ll be creating artwork that is inspired by their work. I hope to give you more updates on my Broad projects in a couple of months.

On March 22, World Water Day, I launched a website and Tumblr site for my project, “Flow: Art project investigating our relationship with water.” This is an extension of the participatory installation I created at UMass Lowell last year. Tumblr site invites people to submit their stories and images about water. On World Water Day, I also attended the Mass. Water Forum in Boston organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, and listened to an inspiring keynote speech by Wenonah Hauter from Food and Water Watch. Her new book, “Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment is coming out this June. I’m looking forward to reading it. I hope you had water on your mind on this day as well.

More details are below, so please read on. Wishing you a happy spring!

With much gratitude,

“Flow: Art project investigating our relationship with water”

After I collected many great responses at my exhibit at UMass Lowell last year, I wanted to keep this project going without having to have an exhibit. So, I set up a website where people could learn about the project, read other people’s responses, and could also submit their responses, stories, or images about water. I felt that these responses needed to be shared with many people. It’s a community-based platform and you are all invited to participate. Please visit the website and my Tumblr, and submit your thoughts on water. 
Submit your responses on Tumblr
MASS MoCA Residency & Open Studio

At MASS MoCA residency, I’m working on a series called, “No man’s land”— exploring the divide between lands and water, territories for negotiation, and sea level rise in the future. The sea level is estimated to rise six feet by 2100. Many of the coastal lines will be quite different then. Much of Boston, and many other coastal towns, will be under water. My drawings depict imaginary lands created by drowning and submerging a paper in the dark water first. I’ve been working on this series throughout the winter.  At MASS MoCA residency, I’m enlarging some of the drawings to a larger scale. If you would like to see the work in progress, we're having an Open Studio on Wednesday, April 20th. Open Studio is open to the public, and if you live close to North Adams, I hope you can visit us. 
Open Studio at Studios at MASS MoCA
Wednesday, April 20th
We're on the 2nd floor, above Cynthia-Reeves and Ferrin Contemporary Gallery.

Artist in Residence at Broad Institute

I’m very excited about Artist in Residence at the Broad Institute. One of the projects I’ll be doing at the Broad Institute is a collaborative work with John Chavers, a talented writer I met at the Blue Mountain Center. We’ll be incorporating texts from an important publication that was pivotal to the birth of the Broad Institute. I’ll be periodically updating my blog with my progress, so please stay tuned. 

Just what I’ve been up to… if you want to know more
I spent three and a half weeks in Japan in January. It was a family-related trip, but I took an advantage of being in Japan, and visited a wonderful Artist Residency called Hospitale Project in Tottori. I stayed at an old style Japanese house also run by the Hospitale Project director, Azumi, who manages at least five different lives/careers. She is an amazing woman. She took me to some sightseeing in Tottori, and I got to visit the famous Tottori dunes. (Has anybody seen a classical Japanese film, “Woman in the Dunes?” ) After Tottori, I went to Kyoto to visit my friend, Yishay Garbasz, who was having a solo exhibit at a new artists center/residency called Baexong Arts Kyoto. Baexong Arts Kyoto just opened, and it's run by another energetic woman, Yumi, who is also an artist. Both places play vital creative forces in their communities. Especially the Hospitale Project, which has been around for several years. The Hospitale Project offers artist in residence, exhibits, lectures, workshops and many other cultural events. The lecture I attended at the Hospitale Project was about cultural development funded by the government. We had very interesting conversation and it continued on at the post-lecture dinner at a Korean BBQ restaurant across the street.
Back in Boston, I attended the TransCultural Exchange Conference in February. There was a roundtable discussion on the theme of water. I was happy to see that there was a session devoted to artists working on the theme of water, and I was excited to connect with many wonderful artists. And I received a scholarship from Massachusetts Cultural Council to attend the Artists for America Convention in Boston in July. I’m looking forward to it!
Lastly, I’m celebrating my birthday month this month. It has been a great month. I love spring.
Hope you’re having a wonderful spring as well.


"Be Water, My Friend"

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