In 2010 I was one of the artists in residence at Homestead National Monument here in Nebraska. It was a great experience to spend dedicated time on a location to learn about it throughout the day and across different seasons, as well as get to know the dedicated people in the Park Service who work hard so we can have such places to visit and learn from. Last year and now this year I’m continuing to apply to some of the other parks that sponsor residencies, hoping to get a similar opportunity as before. As you may imagine it’s competitive and I’ve not been accepted again from the 5-6 parks I’ve applied to last year and now.
It’s discouraging at times although visiting the websites of people who are accepted reminds me how many talented people are out there who share my interests. I do wonder at times what catches the eye of judges who are looking over all the resumes and images they receive, what specific thing connects with their intent for that park’s residency opportunity. As I am motivated by the chance to “go deep” in an area they are motivated to select someone who will reveal their park’s unique aspects – natural, historical, social – and confirm the wisdom of their particular park’s existence as well as sponsoring an artist to interpret it.
In that light I thought I’d post the images I just sent today as part of my application and get your opinion on whether there’s anything in these that connects with you. Do you see a trend here? Is there something about the images that works (or doesn’t work) for you? What might make them more eye-catching or a better story? Looking for advice here as an artist who wants to be a part of something unique.
Click on any image to see a larger version of it. Thanks!