I had an amazing time in Paris as the ArtSlant/Georgia Fee Winter Resident for 2015.
For the two-month residency, I embarked on a series of daily walks through Paris. Some walks were solitary. Other walks were collaborative, a duet that included another artist, writer, musician or critic. Found objects were collected while walking, and are now being used as the components for an assembled sculpture - loosely based on the tradition of french tapestry. I also kept a blog (ArtSlant: Paris Dispatches
) that mapped my pathways, recorded each collaborator and included thoughts and photographs from the walks.
Walking through Paris alone and with different partners, collecting found objects for an installation and resurrecting the specter of the dandy flâneur (but as a lady-la flâneuse?) served as an aesthetic anthropological study; and as a survey of what a community accumulates and abandons. I was interested equally in the arcades, the alleyways, the cracks in the sidewalk, and the magic that comes from the unexpected discoveries therein.