Joya: AiR / Michelle Tan / San Francisco USA


I was fortunate to have heard of this residency from former classmates at Goldsmiths.  My time here has been extremely productive thus far, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my output.  Funny enough, in this drought scarred landscape, I ended my own creative drought.  Whilst everyone’s creative process is different, I think a self directed program suited me in this instance. I ended up doing plan B, drawing. I left things open and abstract, and read Filipino authors.

The hike up the hill on my first day set the stage for my drawing concept.  No trail, just do it. So there will be no grand narrative, no philosophical musings in this report.  Just a simple declaration that for the first time in many years, at Joya I have rediscovered the joy in making.