Until next time...
Our final vernissage was beautiful. Once again held at Katy Burrows welcoming beach house in Akumal Sur. Over 50 members of the community joined us to share in the celebration of our artists: Patricia Fornos, Charlotte Mulliner, Tony de la Riva, Marina Taleb and Antoine Poulain. We had an indigenous ceremony, a new play reading and improv from improvisers from the U.S.: Table Salt Productions --- A very special evening. Take a look at the photos below to witness the wonderful ending celebration of our May residency. My thanks to all the artists who participated in this residency, to our guests who joined us and supported us, financially and spiritually and to you. I am grateful. #artinakumal
Until next time...
Last night, somehow, a spontaneous pool party/art party/jungle party happened. Artists new and old, in residence and not, convened in the jungle to swim, watch stars and create wall art. It was a beautiful night in a way as only spontaneously created events can be. We magically had beer and oil paint markers. (Thanks Erin!) and friendship. What a lovely night. This is residency.
Here's a taste:
It rained last night in Akumal. The lights kept flashing on and off. We weren't sure if it was the storm or the Aluxes, since one of our artists is working on a project connected to the Mayan legend of the little rascals. And we are all aware of their presence now!
We were under a palapa for the first event of the residency season---our SUNDAY SALON. The theme was Between Worlds. It was mystic and tranquillo last night, despite or maybe because of the storm.
Our 3 artists-in-residence shared some work in progress. Patti shared some of her Alux sketches. Tony showed his clay creations and played some indigenous music on some flutes he made. He also gave us all handcrafted pendants made of clay. And Charlie shared some pieces/scenes of her play she is working in. We talked about fear when you are between worlds. Does fear serve a purpose in art? Does fear serve us at all? The discussion was varied. Does your fear serve you? Are you between worlds? Is that a good thing?
Then lovely guest artists Marin y Antoine showed some of their portraits in progress and shared their process in between worlds of Lebanon, France and now Mexico. Intriguing work. Intriguing night.
The rain passed. We drank Cueva cocktails and ate cucumber sandwiches, as the conversation continued under the palapa into the night.
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We had a great day today in Playa del Carmen. We went for groceries and to an art store for supplies. The we stopped at a local artists' ceramics studio in the jungle. It was wonderful to see his work, talk art -local and otherwise- and discuss possible future collaborations. Thank you for your hospitality Alejandro y Arturo!
Then we had fresh and delicious fish tacos at the incomparable La Floresta.
Back in the jungle with a whole new wonderful group of artists!
We are thrilled to have Spanish-Mexican illustrator/visual artist Patricia Fornos with us this month! She will be exploring some new terrain informed by her surroundings, perhaps including a collaboration with local artists! In her own words: "My actual work is a tribute to Mexico, based on skulls and its existentialism between life and death. I want to continue the homage to Mexico but this time from the heart. I want to project its beauty, its life, its flavor, its soul..."
So happy to welcome Charlie to the jungle. Charlie hails from London and will be working on her play about her childhood called "Revelations". In her own words: "It is a fictionalised account of my own experiences converting to evangelical Christianity as a teenager after attending Christian camps in the countryside of Devon and negotiating the journey back to agnosticism. I am trying to explore the issues of faith and sexual identity."
Tony de la Riva
We are grateful that Tony is joining us in the jungle! Tony ia a Mexican artist focusing on ceramics, painting and prehispanic music. He also makes and plays indigenous instruments. In his own words: "My works are focused on ceramic sculpture and elaboration of Aztec and Mayan musical instruments."
We will also be joined for a week by...
Susan Fritz, a writer from the U.S. exploring a play she is writing about the sudden and unexpected death of her husband & visual artist from the U.S., January Wyatt exploring the renewal and impermanence of life through her painting.
...and we will have improvisers joining us at the end of May to perform for the community!
Local artists Sofia Velsquez, Paul Sanchez-Navarro and Juan Indio will also be creating work as part of the residency. More on that soon!
Much to participate in! Join us!
Kim Schultz is the director of AIAR and blogs here about the experiences in the residency. Follow on facebook and twitter (@akumalresidency.com)