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Art Residency in Italy Part II…”Life Before Botox” « MAD Blog
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Art Residency in Italy Part II…”Life Before Botox”

I am currently at week 4 of my 6 week Italian residency. I’ve observed other artist who have finished and left. Some photographed then trashed their works, while others donated work to locals, and some brought the work home. Pretty typical for a residency. My plan is to produce work that will sell, and to have it portable so I can easily transport it to New York. I know my market in New York well, but predicting the type of art the Italians would want to purchase is difficult.

I’ve learned the reasons behind creating this residency. The organizer had roots in the town, and wanted to give it a dose of artistic life. The town has it’s problems, including a low birth rate, vacant apartments, abandoned buildings, no restaurants, only one bar and only two small grocery stores. Recently the (female) Mayor was shot at by the mafia. Some locals call it a dying town.

The first month of the residency had problems including studios without electricity, holes in the ceilings, transportation and organization issues. On the other hand the setting is quite beautiful; rolling hills in the countryside of Italy, great welcoming people and an empty beach.

THE PROJECT
I’ve named my project “L’era prima del lifting” which loosly translates to “Life Before Botox”. I have had five sales of the fifteen works, and also started on a commission for a local business man in the theme of my Simpsons series. Picture a Medieval Bart.

More work and blogging to be added in the last weeks.

 

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