december 7, 2016

It has been so miserable out- rainy, dreary, still rainy.  Don't get me wrong- I adore being here and honestly, it helps with sticking inside and working but it certainly makes getting out of bed challenging.  Additionally, it makes going outside equally as challenging.  I spent a long day frustrated by my technical capabilities and decided to take a break last night to grab some groceries but the stupid American made it to the store in time for it to close.  So then I stopped at the 24 hour market, only to spend nearly $28 on coffee (I hated the stuff I bought on day one, time for a new bag), pasta and pesto.  I was that desperate to not eat celery and peanut butter or muesli or eggs for dinner again.  

vanilla cream ice cream with nutella, peanut butter, and chocolate crunchies

vanilla cream ice cream with nutella, peanut butter, and chocolate crunchies

A bunch of residents however did go out for ice cream after dinner for yet another stressful event of not knowing the order of how things are in Iceland.  I come to find I am not the only one!  So we learned that one must choose the type of ice cream they want- choose whether they want milk or cream ice cream- then choose the toppings you want in your ice cream (up to three) except they are hidden behind a counter so you can't quite see what they have and you end up asking "do you have ___?  how about ___?  The ice cream girl does not seem to like a lot of questions so you tend to then just agree with her ("You want nutella?  You want nutella."  I mean who argues with nutella anyway).

In the end, I got a cream vanilla with peanut butter, nutella, and "dime" chocolate (kinda crunchy bits) and its funny how one's perspective shifts because we all felt it wasn't a bad price at kr1000, which is about $9.  No one said Iceland was cheap.

I report in on all of this because really it was the most exciting part of my day.  I did spend most of the day in the studio filming and feeling immensely frustrated at my understanding of cameras and video editing.  I *really* should probably take a class one of these days but since that won't happen before the end of this residency, I was schooled by google university most of the day with pleas going back to the US for insight (thanks Corbett).

I also had to improvise a bunch since I never found fabric on my travels the other day.  One should note that I did not find cats either.  So wanting a bit of old Dutch painting motif, I made a backdrop out of all my black clothes.  See, wearing a lot of black has come in quite handy.  I also didn't have a ton of light yesterday and used everything I had, including my computer screen, to create a bright enough image.

studio set up

studio set up

Finally, I did come out with something.  I stayed up late editing last night and it did what it should have done however I'm feeling uncertain about the end result.  So on deck for today is re-evaluating my approach to this project.  Making art is hard.  I did exactly what I set out to do yet it feels all a bit too obvious.  Or more like that the wording is stronger than the imagery... we'll talk more about that later after I sort out what I really think about it.  

Back to the grind...

(leaving you with an image from the kitchen the other day- when it was clear and beautiful.  I'm eager to have a day like that again)

view from the kitchen

view from the kitchen