An Informal Residency (AIRproject)
[ n . in-fawr-muh l . rez-i-duh n-see]
1. A catalyst for a new movement: documenting artists of a specific area; Visually inviting the viewer into the artist studio to better understand their intent, process, and individual story that brings life to their creations.
2. A new relationship with art: an opportunity to satisfy curiosity; to share and reconnect the viewer to artist, artist to artist, and community to cause.
THE AIRproject STORY
The need to re-establish a creative community that I could Identify with lead me to New Orleans in August of 2016. The city had a beautiful grit, the theme of dilapidation balanced with signs of new life were everywhere and that resonated within me. The people I met were welcoming and as I explored the city by introduction, I began to hear stories of personal history, labor, and why they were here in this moment; I was fascinated. The more people I met, the more I wanted to share my experience with everyone.
One month after my arrival the Baton Rouge area suffered severe damage from flooding. The resiliency and call to action that I witnessed was inspiring. After volunteering in Central, LA I wanted to do more. One by one I contacted every person I met in the past month. I asked them to support or participate in my photo series to document the local artists in New Orleans at that time. The response was overwhelming and An Informal Residency was born.
[The net proceeds of the opening reception were donated to the flood relief programs of The Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.]