May 2016 - July 2017: I have begun the artist residency ARIM, based in Jerusalem. As ARIM artist in residence, I am working on a series of handmade dioramas with locally gathered material to recount life experiences in Israel and Palestine. As part of my necessary immersion in the region's diverse cultural and political landscape, I am taking part in various grassroots activism and teach drawing and painting to inhabitants of either side of the Green Line. Living in Jerusalem has radically transformed my way of doing art. While I continue to paint the portraits of individuals I meet, I have also begun exploring the use of rawer materials to engage further with my surroundings. As my two small children (1.5 and 3.5 years) also go about their own adaptation, they too provide me with invaluable sources of inspiration and experimentation.
|Looking onto the Old City of Jerusalem from the Haas Promenade. Watercolour on cereal box, 2016.|
|Eye-witness from the tour-bus with Rabbis for Human Rights. Watercolour on cereal box, 2016.|
February- May 2016: My drawings of laundry in Jerusalem are on show in Riverside, California, USA, as part of the exhibition ‘Hanging Out’ and the project 'On the Line' conceived by Susan Ossman, from the Department of Anthropology of the University of California Riverside.
|Men's shirts in the ultra orthodox Jewish quarter Mea Shearim.|
April 2016: I take part in the collective guerrilla exhibit organized by the Center for Imaginative Ethnography as part of the Society for Applied Anthropology's Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, with a video of the painting process with the late artist Nestor Basterretxea, and pop-up drawings of the process.
February - April 2016: My portraits of Marie-Louise Lekumberry (see picture) and Nestor Basterretxea are on show at the Musée Basque of Bayonne, in the French Basque Country, as part of the exhibition on Art and the Basque Diaspora. The exhibition will then go to the Palacio de Contestable, Pamplona (May-July) and later to the Prison des Eveques, Saint Jean Pied de Port (July-August), within the framework of the European Capital of Culture 2016.
February 17 2016: I am invited by the Carson City Arts Initiative to give an artist's talk at Sierra Nevada College, at Incline Village, on Lake Tahoe, NV, at 1pm AND at the BRIC, in Carson City, NV, at 6.30pm.
November 16-17 2015: I discuss the use of portrait-painting as part of research on identity in areas of conflict at the Visual Research Conference, in Denver, Colorado, USA.
August 12 - 18 2015. I am exhibiting four of my portraits in the collective show 'Les peintres de la Nivelle', at the Tour de Bordagain, in Ciboure, French Basque Country. The portraits are of artists Filipe Oyhamburu, Nestor Basterretxea, and the shepherd Miren Aire, and a double self-portrait. Oyhamburu and my portrait were purchased long ago and are usually in the home of their owners. So this is a great opportunity to see them. Catologue.
June 3 - July 2 2015. I am Artist-in-Residence at Beita, Jerusalem's Social Based Art Center. I will paint life-sized portraits of volunteer models over the course of three weeks. The residency focuses on portraiture as a mechanism for interpersonal communication, cross cultural exchange, self-exploration and personal identity-building. I will use Beita as a live studio where through my creative process I will explore the spiritual, psychological and sociopolitical dimensions of the models and their environment.
Since October 2014, I am in Jerusalem, Israel. Based here as Lady Davis visiting professor at the European Forum of the Hebrew University, I continue my research on painting, ethnography and identity politics.
Sept. 3 - 6 2014. I will be painting live the portrait of Anthropologist Katie Stewart at the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, in collaboration with the Anthropology Department of the University of Texas, Austin. Come visit 1-5pm everyday! Sept. 6: Roundtable discussion on the topic of Slow Ethnography.
May 2-4 2013. I co-organize the symposium 'Beyond Guernica and the Guggenheim: art and politics today", hosted by the Center for Basque Studies, at the University of Nevada Reno. Participants included art historians Dore Ashton and Peter Selz, sociologist Nathalie Heinich, curators Daniel Castillejo and Fernando Golvano, and artists Azucena Vieites and Txomin Badiola. A publication will be out in 2014.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As from today, 1st of January 2013, I shall resume my daily drawings.
You can see my previous challenge, in 2011, here.
I have decided to resume this challenge, because it is such a beautiful way of documenting life.
And one of the beauties of life is that in exactly 4 weeks time, 'kartoffel' is officially expected to enter the world!
See a documentary about me by the regional television TVPI.
10 March 2012 - I give a presentation on my current artistic and anthropological research: 'The Power of Images (in the Basque imagination)' at the Nevada Historical Society Museum. Amongst images and artists that I argue are an influence, I mention the tree carvings by Basque American shepherds, cave paintings, street political art, the collages and intense paintings of Josette Dacosta, and Itziar Ziga's latest book cover Sexual Herria. I finish with a focus on individuality (below, a picture from my presentation, contrasting a tree carving with one of my 'erotic' paintings..).
February 2012. I receive a Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant from the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Nevada Reno. This will help me greatly to pursue fieldwork in the Basque Country over the coming summer for my artistic and anthropological research on the 'The Artist as Hero: the politics of the relationship between the artist and society in the Basque Country'.
'No strings attached' Valentine Biennal, at the School of the Arts, Reno. The painting can be bought in a silent auction on the evening of 10 February.
5 November 2011. I give a talk on 'Painters of the valleys of Baztan and Baigorri/Garazi Today' at the Basque Cultural Center in San Francisco, California, on the occasion of the celebration of Nafarroaren Eguna.
28 June - 28 August 2011. My exhibition of recent paintings 'Des gens et des lieux / Lekuko jendea' is on at the Musée Historique de Biarritz, Biarritz, France
See Interview on the French TV channel FR3 (as from 4min. and 10secs.)
painting Nestor Basterretxea at his house in Hondarribia).
OPEN STUDIO. Saturday 4th of June, from 6-9pm. You are welcome to see what I have been up to over these past two months in Berlin. Works are for sale. The rest shall be flown to an exhibition I am having solo in Biarritz later that month. Address of studio: Naumannstrass 79, building 34B. U-Bahn: Sudkreuz.