Saturday, October 23, 2010
i have a good shot at my first artist residency - in segou. the bajidala arts center sits by the niger river, a quiet stucco building of a minimalist sensibility that could have grown up from the earth its function apparent. the memory of the place, which I visited in February, has already fueled emotional responses that are complicated - personal interwoven with political. i feel i am alternately an optimist, a realist, a dreamer, a fool and in spite of these navigations, the content of the work will make land upon its own integrity. as i squirm in the morass of my own delusions, vanities and ambitions, the work will climb out and declare itself. thank god.