Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Some Thoughts after the application has been uploaded

Hi everyone-

Well here we are the FTB application for Dry Tortugas was submitted and we are in what Shannon and I call the radio black out period of residency applications.  It lasts from the moment you lock and submit your application right up through announcements, which are 18 days 13 hours 38 minutes and 35 seconds from now as I write this.  We feel really good about the application package we sent up it shows our diverse talents and the year of effort we put into being selected and becoming the AiRs for 2020.  Combined we are 3 for 3 in our 2020 residency applications.  This one is special though it's the golden ticket the one we really hope we get.

Why is the waiting harder this year?  Well... the Pandemic and self quarantining have a lot to do with it.  Time has slowed way done for both of us.  In some ways it's been good for us.  Plenty of time to paint and pursue new directions.  I think each of our art has grown during the last three months.  On the other hand I hear each tick of the clock every day.  Time is moving so slowly.  My other residencies are in a wait and see mode depending on when different places open up.

I have had a lot of time to ponder as well and one of our themes for Dry Tortugas is going to be the effects of isolation on artists who use social media as part of their work.  This has been practice for us in that we both have spent long periods cut off from other people and social interaction, but on the other hand social media and zoom have been a bit of a lifeline with friends.  So from that angle we are really interested in seeing what a month with no internet, no Instagram or Facebook or Google for videos on how to do and fix stuff will be like.  If we get the residency our google will be the daily radio check in with the national park service at Fort Jefferson.  We both look forward to finding out what that will be like and the artwork that will blossom from it.  In the meantime we 18 days until announcements.  Time for us to dust off my spreadsheet we made last year of what to bring and what things we need will cost.  It is kinda like the week before Christmas dreaming of the big day,  But this is more like a Willy Wonka Christmas with just one golden ticket.  Will this be the year for the Flying Tortuga Brothers?  We sure hope so,

Carl Stoveland

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