Shelburne Farms

Sometimes the landscape can take your breath away- like a lover. You walk the hills and valleys, the woods and crawly places, and one turn of the trail, you look up and there it is, that quick intake of breath for the reverence of this land and its relationship to the sky. I used to joke that I work on farms so that my office/studio will have the best views around. But now, I think it's true. I have placed myself to work on land I love, with people who have the most important jobs on the earth, to grow food that sustains our life. Who care about the earth and their community. Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont, a place that I will call My Studio for the next four months, is all that and more.  I am an artist-in-residence at the farm for the state wide show Of Land and Local curated by Burlington City Arts. The show opens in October, but my work will be building up all summer long as my project Contemporary Pastoralism launches. Today, I delivered materials and tools to one heck of a beautiful studio; the breeding barn at Shelburne Farms.