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Glen Foerd on the Delaware
Artist in Residence
June 2019 – May 2020

January 2020

I’m at the midpoint of the year-long residency at Glen Foerd. It’s been an incredible experience: sometimes overwhelming, often inspirational, but always much more than imagined when I applied in April 2019.

I’ve spent the last seven months exploring the house, making some drawings and ceramics documenting my journey. By the fall I started focusing on the grand staircase and the third floor hall with its ladder to the attic space and roof. In the winter and spring of 2020 I will make work to install at the house.

At some point the house began functioning like an archive, as a place which I could dip into, explore, ask questions, retrieve images and data, and then go away to make sense out of it. The range of my exploration included the objects, the architecture, the original plan of the house as well as its current state of wear and renovation, and the documents associated with the house’s administration since 1970.

In thinking about the house as an archive, I noticed that many of the disparate experiences associated Glen Foerd were similarly suffused by an intense yearning, impulse, aspiration.  Starting with the Macalester, Foerderer and Tonner families, desire continued to be a powerful force for the Lutheran Church, the people who get married at the estate, and even now for me and the other artists.  This rapacious passion can be seen in the abundance and extravagance, but also yields strains of melancholy.  I’ve tentatively named my project “An Archive of Desire” as a way to focus the disparate threads of investigation and integrate the literal, architectural, and abstract elements.

Project Time Line

February 2020

Not yet titled,
Grand Staircase Landing between 2nd and 3rd Floors,
Installation using the bookcases on the landing, reflecting the ornamentation to offer a critique and partially reveal the labor hidden within it.

March 29, 2020

The Bismuth Quartet – Carolina Diazgranados, cello; Molly Germer, violin; Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola; Carlos Santiago, violin – will be joined by Nicholas McNamara, saxophone, and Matt Engle, bass and sound artist, for a concert which will also include improvisational work in the space. Please come experience the house as was intended when the Haskell pipe organ was added in the early 1900s.  The concert will be preceded by a house tour and followed by an artist and musician talk.

Spring – Summer 2020

“An Archive of Desire”, Third Floor Hall
This work will explore the ways the house both satisfies and denies these desires, and the burden of this type of wealth over time.