You’re in an exciting new location and an official “artist-in-residence”. Congratulations!
I asked Ruth what she does on the first day of a residency. She replied:
I wander around and get my bearings. I do not dive into my work because I like to get comfortable with and tune-in to the environment. I get my head in another space where I am determined to be open and not have qualitative expectations. That way, the pressure to create great work does not get in the way of what I am absorbing. I am planning on doing a residency program in the Brazilian rain forest…