Yes, it's true. I have the first year of my Masters of Fine Art under my belt already. It's difficult to believe that I am half way through my program already. Exciting as well as anxiety inducing!
As I mentioned in my last post, I have been making art objects repurposing, rebuilding and reusing collected refuse from Industry in Cape Breton, the Island that I was raised on, and the Island that I still call home. I have found this detour away from jewellery making, to dive into art again for a few years, to be very rewarding. It has given me the time to reflect on my too long neglected art practise, as well as the opportunity to step back and reflect on my sense of self and the way that the environment I was raised in shaped the way I identify myself. Considering these thoughts, I feel very fortunate to have been invited to be an artist in residence at Salty Rose's in Ingonish, Cape Breton this coming summer.
Some of you may know Salty Rose's from your trips around the Cabot Trail, but if you don't, allow me to fill you in. Salty's Rose's is a craft shop that was opened by Caitlyn Purcell (of Caitlyn Rose Jewellery) in Ingonish several years ago. Caitlyn has seen a wonderful response to her business in the highlands and has since added jewellery making workshops and now a new venture into an Inn and Cafe to her agenda. As a result, Salty's Rose's craft shop is moving into the new Periwinkle Inn and Cafe building, and the former Salty Rose's has been repurposed into an artist's residency space as a collaboration between Caitlyn and Sarah Burwash. Being involved in this space as a forthcoming artist in residence is an opportunity that I am very much looking forward to and one that I feel very grateful to both Caitlyn and Sarah for! (Thank you for thinking of me, ladies!)
As an artist in residence at Salty's Rose's this summer, I intend to continue my thesis work: collecting industrial flotsam from the fishing industry washed ashore on the beaches of Ingonish and repurposing it into art objects. I also intend to spend some time with my grandmother and record her telling stories from her life, which she lived entirely in Ingonish. This is an important project for me, personally, and one that has the potential to be tied into my thesis exhibition in one year's time.
I am very much looking forward to see where these new projects lead my work!