My projects and activities ranged greatly. I met printmakers, skateboarders, and the indigenous. I made sure to experience Taipei, and the nature of Taiwan. I taught kids to skateboard in Maoli, as well as printmaking. I traveled to Sandimen and stayed with the Paiwan where I learned of their rich crafts and cultural preservation. While there I made several works along side masters that ended up being part of my final installation at BCS Open Studio.
I gained Many things. I learned how to relate to a foreign land, and how to truly connect. I learned how to have the confidence to make whatever I needed to happen, despite the language barrier. I gained confidence in my personal work as well as how I relate to an audience and how much I can learn from others. I gained the ability to connect with kids in a stronger way because of BCS workshops and other projects I created. Overall, the experience continually allowed personal and artistic growth/inspiration. This is mostly due to the fact that I was able to explore ideas and resources freely during my stay.
This residency will influence my work and life in many ways. Many aesthetics will influence gallery work, while many experiences will influence directions I am going to take with my personal work and with my life. The results will be continuous for years I feel, and I also plan to return to Taiwan in order to continue research and build upon relationships established.