Monday October 5, 11am on Zoom
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Meeting ID: 759 2003 0116
Our current resident Katy Niner will give a talk about her current project that focuses on reconfiguring the essentialized biography of sculptor Marisol.
Niner is excavating the late work of sculptor Marisol, specifically the drawings she made while living with Alzheimer’s disease. Despite being celebrated in youth, Marisol died in relative obscurity in 2016. Her final drawings—currently inaccessible due to the protracted processing of her estate by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery—have never been exhibited or studied. Filling that void, Niner has spent her JTHAR residency recreating the compositions, pulled from an off-the-record snapshot. Working in a variety of vernacular mediums—embroidery, acrylic on plywood, spray paint—she has isolated and magnified the compositions, and then photographed them in desert sites layered with memory, mundanity, nostalgia and decay. At this inflection point her praxis—on the road to her ultimate consideration of the drawings in book form—she welcomes feedback: Do these reparative gestures resonate with viewers? If so, what qualities or characteristics do they see in them? Do they honor the grace and complexity of Marisol’s aesthetic adaptation to dementia? Do they encourage viewers to question the stigma shadowing art made amid memory fragmentation? Do they advocate for creative embodiment as a critical form of enduring personhood amid disease?
Applications are open: https://artist.callforentry.org
Founded in 2007, JTHAR is a nonprofit artist residency that fosters creativity through opportunities for exploring, experimenting, quiet reflection, engagement and cross-cultural exchange with the vibrant local artist community. We establish spaces where inspiration happens on a daily basis, so artists can do the work of innovating, changing the cultural landscape and generating a fresh look at the way we connect to each other and to the world. Each year we invite 4-6 artists from around the world to create work amidst the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park.
Group Artist Residency Period: Seven Weeks - April 27 - June 15, 2021
Artists unable to attend the group Residency Program may apply for a 6 week individual stay at JTHAR.
Artists selected for this program are at all stages of their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and non fiction writing, interdisciplinary, social practice and architecture.
Submissions are due January 10, 2021