MARCH 14, 2013

I have written in this blog 129 times. In the fall of 2010 when I left Boston on my 30,000-mile adventure I could never have imagined how it would impact my life. I left to teach as many people as I could how to make an object. I left to see what it would really be like to live in a mobile space. I thought I would come home and start working just as I had been for the last 30 years. Since arriving back from my initial trip I have been a resident at The International Turning Exchange, Traveled to Guatemala, Driven another 20,000 miles around the United States giving talks and demos and teaching. At this moment I am sitting in an apartment at the campus of SUNY Purchase where I have been since January 18th. I am the Wingate Resident. This means that for one semester I teach a class to undergrads and for the rest of the time I make artwork and write. I am free to do what ever I want. It is an incredible experience. I was disoriented at first but now I am at full speed using every moment to its fullest. Since I left grad school I have not had an uninterrupted period of time to continue the work I started in those two years. Being here is like a gift, it is a time to continue the thought process of my thesis, as well as process all that has happened to me on my travels. While I am here busily working away, Jenn has been on the Cape Working on her new photographic series called, Pools. We have worked together on Turning Around America for almost 3 years, and except for our time in Guatemala, and short visits, we have worked by phone, Skype, and email. It has been a wonderful collaboration and friendship. Our new project Sanctuary is very exciting for me. First I will be home in Boston for a long period of time with all my friends around me and working in my beloved shop. Second I will get to work with Jenn on a daily bases and not on a phone. We have worked on many projects over the years. Our first was a series of shows Jenn curated called, Laterna Magica, at The Province Town Art Museum. Collaborations are really trust exercises. When the work is presented your name will be associated with it, so you have to like it. It is difficult to find someone you can have a working relationship with that has the right amount of give and take. Jenn and I have always had that. This does not mean that we never argue about how things should go; it means we can work through hard decisions. Sanctuary will be the first project that we work on equally. Usually one of us has an idea and the other supports them in the way they need. When I proposed the first Turning America idea, Jenn jumped in, and we created the Turning Around America moniker together. She created the web site and did all the face booking while I traveled. When she developed Laterna Magica I helped with the construction of her vision with input here and there. Now we are working together to form a single vision. It is very exciting. The research and development has begun. Jenn is creating a page on the web site so everyone can follow our thinking as it develops. Feel free to join in if you have any ideas. I will arrive home June 1 to start building. We have continued to be blown away by all the incredible support we have received on our projects; it has really given us the encouragement to keep going.

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Collaborative Team of Jenn Moller and Beth Ireland
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1 Response to MARCH 14, 2013

  1. dianethayer says:

    Hello Beth, Been wondering how the Sanctuary is progressing. Your most recent blog explains it all. What are you teaching the undergrads? Any signs of spring in upstate NY? I’ve been carving birds, playing my Uke, driving an assisted living bus, enjoying my Mom, and awaiting warmer weather. Keep blogging. What goes on during R & D?
    Best regards-
    Diane T.

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