Slowing down is the key to the pace of working at the Rensing Center. In this secluded and picturesque countryside in South Carolina one can find space and time to focus on the arts.
A week ago I moved into a spacious former pottery studio that provides an ideal live-and-work space tucked away from busy cities and highways. Waking up in the morning, I’m drawn to my work desk with my first cup of coffee. When wired to my work, there is so much more time for experiments, explorations and process, without any time pressure.
This is a place to connect with the natural environment through hikes to nearby creeks and state parks. Currently I'm exploring themes related to geology and deep time, and their entanglement with geopolitical issues. My research goes in two directions, on one side exploring actual sites, where deep time is revealed through washed out creeks, waterfalls and monumental rock formations, and on the other side digging into new publications and conversations about the Anthropocene. The Rensing Center is a perfect environment for my artistic searches and discoveries in both forms of exploration.
The organic farm on site allows residents to work in the garden and cook homegrown vegetables fresh from scratch. There’s never a starving artist here! The Rensing Center is a wholesome place to stay, to process, to explore and produce.
Setting up my workplace day 2
Working on small scale experiments day 3
Exploration day 4
First selection of small scale work arranged as a Cabinet of curiosity in my studio space day 5
Experiments on a larger scale in front of the pottery barn workspace day 7