Hello! We are very fortunate to be Fall 2022 residents at the Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts. For approximately two months, we’re living and working in Omaha, NE alongside an excellent cohort of residents and the extremely accommodating staff at Bemis.
Since 1981, Bemis Center has provided artists from around the world dedicated time, space, and resources to conduct research and to create new work. The program is not based on the expectation to complete work, and therefore allows artists an opportunity to work more experimentally and take risks with their practice.
During our time here at Bemis, we hope to explore a variety of new processes. Sarah has been eager to complete additional sculptures to accompany a future exhibition, and I’ve been excited to delve into mold making and plaster casting in the studio space.
I should also point out that Bemis is very unique in its support for sound artists. They maintain a working sound studio available to all residents, as well as a live music / performance space called Low End. And although sound has not been a large component of our art to date, I can’t help but start to think about ways to incorporate it while we’re here — it’s that kind of atmosphere.
Perhaps the biggest challenge here is the challenge of not overextending while facing all of these available resources! Luckily, Omaha has a very close by farmer’s market where we were able to source some mushroom kits to nurture while we’re living here and missing our Houston garden. Here’s a sample of pink oyster mushrooms we were able to grow!
I look forward to sharing all that grows out of this opportunity in the future. Until then, wish us luck!