Residency Reflections: Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences March - April 2018
Lichen on fallen trees that crossed our path. Moss patches everywhere at Rabun Gap, GA, a stark contrast to the dry air of Utah’s mountains and deserts. It’s humid, but not suffocatingly so.
Most days, I listened to the songs and melodies of Hambidge when I walked the short distance from the Son House to the communal Rock House, where all the residents would congregate for dinners and other activities. There are new residents every Tuesday, keeping things dynamic and fresh. Hambidge provided the quiet, privacy, space, and time for creative individuals to think, explore, and rest. These periods of contemplation are as productive as if one were to paint or write for the whole residency. You’d find energy that’s revitalizing, nourishing, and exciting.
Laurie, the chef, cooks up the most amazing vegetarian and vegan foods, and Rosa, the dutiful housekeeper, works every week to keep the space clean and comfortable. I miss the food the most from this residency experience.
I was able to complete a pretty solid outline of the major plot points in my webcomic project. My goals were to do that and complete a first draft, though I realized then that that goal was quite ambitious. Nevertheless, the work I completed at Hambidge for a passion project is invaluable, and I would have taken longer to get that much done had I been at home.
Access to nature and the comfort of our live/work spaces are important and conducive to our processes. I hiked often, exploring the landscape, river, and foliage in the area, and I thought a lot about how to name my characters on these hikes. There were hundred of trilliums peppered on one particular excursion. I almost stepped on to a tiny snake on another.
At the time of this writing, my webcomic progress has stalled. Goes to show how difficult it is to duplicate a dedicated space and time of a residency when you’re back home on the day to day grind. I can say, that after my three weeks at Hambidge, I have a much clearer sense of my story than I did before the residency, and that’s the progress worth achieving. Now on to find the next residency to continue the work.