Pay attention to the small things. Practice empathy. Be in nature. That’s Eeva, our July Goetemann Artist Resident. Originally from Helsinki, she now lives in Canada, where she’s finishing a doctorate in film (“I like to be challenged,” she says).
Eeva Siivonen taking questions
She challenged us. An adherent of “show, don’t tell,” Eeva ran for us her 13-minute film, Black River. I could talk about the layers in the work—voice-over in Finnish, subtitles in English, sounds of nature recognizable and not, imagery that’s out of a dream and starkly realistic—but that’s not doing the work of Eeva justice. Settle into a comfortable chair, darken the room and take this evocative trip for yourself on Vimeo
When not filming, Eeva will be working in the Goetemann Studio on Madfish Wharf, and she welcomes human intrusion. Stop by, ask questions. You’ll be astonished by this thoughtful young artist. She’s only here for a month! Her closing talk is Thursday, July 25 at 7 PM at the Goetemann Studio.
You know how it goes—you mean to get to that list of chores at home and then to the studio to get art work done, then something gets in the way.
But if you’re taking a month to just focus on your art, what great things you can accomplish.
Marilu Swett has made the most of her month. In fact, she has been able to redecorate the studio. That’s one way to look at it: she’s simply run out of space for her ink and acrylic drawings. “Sketches,” she points out, “not finished work.”
See all (or a lot) of Marilu’s work at her closing Talk this Thursday, June 27, at the Goetemann Studio. Go to the end of Rocky Neck Ave., and turn right. The Studio is on your right (where all the people are hanging out!).
With 15 years of residents, we have a lot of artists to keep an eye on. Here are just a few:
Mia Cross, Resident in 2016
Following her recent two-week residency in Finland, former Goetemann resident Mia Cross shows her stunning painting “Homebody” at The Adelson Galleries (520 Harrison Ave.) in Boston’s SOWA district this month. Congratulations, Mia. (Mia Cross’s website)
Deborah Redwood, Resident in 2018
“After arriving back [in Australia] from the most extraordinary residency in Kenya, things just kept moving on. First there was the North Sydney Art Prize for which I presented the work ‘Cocoons’. Following this, a Sydney group ‘Culture at Work’ wanted to purchase one. Then I had a solo exhibition at Watts gallery in Newcastle, ‘A Flock, A herd.’ I also exhibited at Kangaroo Valley and sold several works. (Deborah Redwood’s website)
Brett Gamache, Resident in 2013
This summer, artist Brett Gamache will be renting the Goetemann Gallery at 37 Rocky Neck Ave. He’ll be selling some of the paintings of Gordon Goetemann (namesake of the residency program) and Gordon’s wife Judy, as well as his own work. According to Brett, “We are planning to open on Sunday evening, June 16th. Throughout the week the gallery will be open by appointment (207-351-7605) and we hope to open most Friday & Sat evenings throughout the summer.” (Brett Gamache’s website)
Artist Marilu Swett introduced herself and her work on Monday, June 3, at her Opening Talk at The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck. Gorgeous forms and intricate masses constitute Marilu’s art. And her descriptions increased our vocabulary.
As Marilu tells it, she traveled to London some years back in a studio exchange with another artist. She went to London as a painter — and came back as a sculptor.
It’s easy to see the connection: her ink drawings made up of layers of vellum and paper let her to see — and then realize— them as sculptural.
She started with rubber roofing material that could be cut into thin strips, then woven together. That led to casting the rubber in custom-made ceramic molds. Multiple-part molds of her first pieces were rubber, into which she cast wax to bring to a foundry to be cast in bronze. Eventually other materials came into play, including cast resin, then duralar (a semi-transparent plastic drafting sheet, similar to Mylar—strong even when cut into thin strips), and eventually an expandable urethane foam that she molds and paints.
When some of us mere mortals might shrug our shoulders at any process that takes more than two or three steps, Marilu dives in to complicated processes that yield unique pieces that still betray a biologic center. Thrilling stuff (and with a sense of humor).
A selection of images of Marilu’s work:
”I get inspiration from tools, from the docks,” she said. “I love being here!”
Her plan to is work on black-and-white ink drawings and play with them. Give her about a week to get settled, then feel free to visit her at the Goetemann Studio. Knock on the door and if she’s in she’ll be glad to talk!
A lovely evening to see all the work that Jason accomplished during his month-long residency — and he accomplished a lot.
He spent as much time as possible painting outdoors, sometimes with local artists Caleb Stone and Stephen LaPierre.
In his own words: “Painting’s a process. I spent about 1 to 3 hours on each painting. I’m trying to get truth in my paintings: atmosphere and changes. This residency was a big push to give me a purpose.”
It’s hard to maintain the support that a young artist gets from teachers and peers in art school. Jason used every minute of his residency to build a support network and to get the work done.
And, he says: “It’s a blast being around Rocky Neck.”
Special moment: The sister-in-law of Residency founder Gordon Goetemann attended. Dawn Steele Dexter, Judy Goetemann’s sister, added the perfect ending to the evening: “I know Gordy would be so proud.”