SHIFT Artist Residency


SHIFT Residency, formerly the Residency for Arts-Workers as Artists, was launched in August 2010 to provide an unprecedented opportunity: studio space and peer support for practicing artists who also work as arts professionals. This program honors these individuals' longstanding commitment to supporting fellow artists - a sacrifice of time and flexibility - with a unique environment to build upon their own art practices. This program is part of EFA Project Space, supported by The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.

For the SHIFT residency intensive (August 15-30, 2015), I spent my time working with materials collected and created during my 2014 teaching artist residency in India. I have been considering cotton and khadi (commonly known hand-spun cloth in India), as a material, a process and ideology. Inspired by Gandhi's Khadi Movement, I spent studio time spinning, setting and experimenting with cotton sourced from India. In tandem with this, I was looking at a series of journal entries written as part of an experiment in memory and sharing. Reading these letters as materials rather than narratives, I spent time drawing words, phrases, and ideas from them as the beginning part of a larger project to develop a game investigating emotional intimacy.

2015-2016 Residents
Christopher Carroll | Program Coordinator, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
Kerry Downey | Teaching Artist, Community and Access Partnerships and Programs, MoMA
Yasamin Ghanbari | Associate Manager of Part-Time Faculty at the School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons, The New School University
Jason Maas | Founder & Director, The Artist Volunteer Center
Shervone Neckles | Artist Support Manager, Joan Mitchell Foundation
Marissa Perel | Artist Services Assistant at Creative Capital and Lecturer, Low Residency MFA Program, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sheetal Prajapati | Assistant Director, Learning and Artists Initiatives, MoMA