We finished the residency with a bang. Our three artists-Calvin Babich, Kerra Bolton and Emma White- showed incredibly on the beach. Over 50 local community members joined us to celebrate the artists and their work. Special thanks to Katy Burrows for donating the use of her house and to Jennifer Smith and Turtle Bay Bakery for all they donated and did to make the event a success. Thanks also to our wine donors and community supporters. We couldn't do this without you!
Here are some pictures to take you through the evening as well as the vernissage text found below. Enjoy! And see you next time!
Indian painter M. F. Husain
“Very often, what is meant to be a stepping stone turns out to be a slab of wet cement that will harden around your foot if you do not take the next step soon enough.”
American novelist, Richelle E. Goodrich
“I think one of the coolest things you can do is disappear for a while, because it gives you the chance to re-emerge. To sort of pounce out of the jungle.”
American singer/songwriter, Josh Homme
Akumal International Artist Residency
STEPPING [ON] STONES
Final Vernissage, September 2016, Akumal, MX
We put them in a jungle and create, they did.
For the past five weeks, two artists have joined us in residence in our new jungle home. Calvin Babich (U.S) and Emma White (Australia) were joined by local artist Kerra Bolton (U.S./Mexico). These three artists have been exploring the Yucatan influence in their work and soul; stepping on the necessary stones to traverse the rugged terrain, both on the interior and exterior.
Using a wide-angle view, painter Emma White, has been exploring fluidity and nature on her canvas. With loose brush strokes and heightened color, she has reflected her time in the jungle and sea. Through her layers and contrast, we get as immersed in her paintings, as we do the environment they represent, finding moments that feel as familiar, as they feel unfamiliar, simultaneously balancing and unbalancing our perspective.
Sculptor and stone artist Calvin Babich has spent equal time by land and sea. In the jungle, he has been carving in local Merida stone a reflection of the current climate in Akumal: three individual statues, turned away. The sculpture speaks with a beauty only stillness can hear. His seashore cairns demonstrate perhaps, the missing balance. Using stone and coral, with equal parts weight and lightness, he builds towers of perspective, catching light, wind and water in their grasp; temporary in nature, as are we all.
Stepping out of her comfort zone of the page, local artist, Kerra Bolton joined us at the end of the residency and has jumped from stone to stone revealing her journey through photography. Placing herself at the center of the work and uncovering the masks we all wear, she is able to explore her own search for balance and meaning. Bravely crossing her own deep, private terrain, the bright, expressive photos highlight the journey we must all take to wholeness, light and peace.
Through rock and wind, through balance and perspective, through fluidity and steadfastness, these artists have relentlessly explored what it means to be deep in the jungle, literally and metaphorically, temporarily stepping on each stone in front of them, eventually discovering what happens when we emerge, balanced and ready to “pounce,” having been made better by the journey.