Early this year I was invited to an artist residency in a small town in South Germany. My reasons for accepting it are in part connected with my wish to keep a strong relationship with the Europe that I know and my friends over here in the middle of this Brexit catastrophe. Another reason for accepting is that I don’t like to look a gift horse in the mouth. These probably seem like weak reasons. The place itself feels challenging socially and emotionally. However, I do have friends in the vicinity, and it is very early days. I think I will be able to work here, but it’s a wrench leaving Geli and the lovely comfortable house and studio in Box.
Today I arrived, unpacked my completely jammed little car, and begun to find out what is going to work for me and what won’t. I’ve brought my electric bike, and plan to go up the valley of the Danube tomorrow - there are numerous cycle paths through the glorious late autumnal woods.