The Foundation is on a large rebuilt quinta (farmhouse and outbuildings) that has been rehabbed into comfortable artist’s quarters and large studio spaces with stone floors and 200 year old layers of whitewashed plaster. Great morning light and cool in the mornings as well. Mid- afternoons reach the low 90s and can be a bit heated. Later afternoons are quite manageable with cool breezes. I time my studio hours with the light and start working in earnest at 7 am to noon. Knock off for lunch and a nap, then back until about 5pm. Try to get my pool time in as well even if it is only for reading by the water. It makes for a a very productive and steady day.
I had prepared nine 24 x 24 inch luan plywood panels with my formulated ground and a coat of bitumen and brought them over as checked luggage. Kind of a pain, but it worked and they were packaged reasonably well. The materials are basic and sparse. I consider this all part of Arte Povera, and the simplified process makes choices and methods more simplistic. The nine panels are the first main component of the words + pictures series that is a visual response to the NY Times daily chosen words about the current presidency. It was intended as a protest and interestingly the work has taken on a life of it’s own. Metaphors, abstractions and symbols are used, but the methodology and being in Portugal adds an antiquity and patina to the work. The mix of current U.S. media news and the rustic imagery has a compelling juxtaposition. So far this has had a life of its own, with me struggling to keep up. Different from any of my other work. As it should be.