The Baltic Lagoon is large enough to give the impression of the open sea, but it is a completely new experience and sensation to see such a vast volume of water completely frozen. There is still a 'seabreeze' - but no movement.
On the other side of the Curonian spit however, the Baltic Sea has almost completely de-frosted, and only a few thawing 'sea-pancakes' are left. These environmental observations are coming from Laurie's current residency at Nida Art Colony in Lithuania.
Relating to DFW's methodology of 'intuition, skill" and specifically "chance discovery" last year, I made a book involving water, about a blanket spotted floating in the San Francisco Bay Area. More information and images are on my website.
We are excited to announce the news of a residency at Merz barn this Spring and we will be posting about the project on this blog.
After some preliminary research on the Merz Barn project website, we are particularly intrigued by the fact that "Schwitters himself struggled to explain what he was doing, for art at this time was what you looked at, not what surrounded you, and our now familiar terms of 'Environment' and 'Installation' had not yet been invented."
The image above and more information about the regeneration project of Kurt Schwitters' life work can be found on the website here.
Another Bristol artist who works with water!
Last year I visited Megan Clark-Bagnall's POOL OUT OF THE POOL exhibition (this is a belated post). I definitely missed out not attending the opening night, yet there were some perks to seeing the show the following day, such as a being able to talk to Megan directly about her project and drink the excess slush puppy - an authentic addition to the swimming pool experience.
Fortunately, another group of curious visitors strolled into the space, which allowed for an impromptu on land swimming lesson (which happened en-mass the night before). Against the backdrop of a painted water line, Megan showed us a simple underwater breathing technique, old fashioned breast stroke and how to eat underwater - a 1930s trick of 'fancy swimming'.
This exhibition marked the end of a body of work made about Crewe Swimming Pool, where Megan completed a residency in 2012. You can see more about her residency and current projects on her website.
I'm going to visit the local swimming pool soon!