THIS PAST JUNE/JULY, I had the great fortune of attending the Mildred's Lane Artist Complex on a Fellowship for the 2013 TOWN Session.
In partnership with the other fellows (Nina Ruelle, Julie Malen and Bethany Engstrom) and under the guidance of J. Morgan Puett, we managed to complete a myriad of collaborative projects centering around the theme of local government.
Some of the projects we were able to accomplish consisted of a survey presented to the local government in Narrowsburg NY aimed at gauging the overriding political will of the townsfolk as well as hoping to inspire more community involvement in issues such as external funding for local development projects.
Other projects included the construction of a float to represent Mildred's Lane in the Narrowsburg 4th of July parade, as well as an interactive, ephemeral earthwork installation on the stream running through the property of the complex.
In addition to working on these projects amongst various other creative domesticities, we had the great fortune of learning from and dialoguing with renowned artists, theorists and lecturers such as Mark Dion, James Voorhies, Pablo Helguera, Hope Ginsburg, Fritz Haeg, Amy Yoes, Leon & Meegan Johnson and of course J. Morgan Puett to name a few.
Overall, the entire experience was wholly transformative from beginning to end, & I cannot wait to see where my relationship with 'the lane' will go from here.