JOHN K. MELVIN, 2017
I arrived to residency 108 after traveling three days from a project in Cambodia, in the middle of the night to a place I’d never seen, with an open door and a plate of food waiting for me. This set the bar for an experience beyond comparison. The idle spring of upstate New York gave me ample time to develop projects, create installations, and continue my studio practice. My studio was overcome with a massive experimental living sculpture project, titled MossCow. Taking inspiration from current events, post-truth realities, and philosophical anomalies, I made an installation inside a studio that could not be. I nursed it through heat waves and infestations of mold. MossCow returned to the earth for a future project, and I left 108, having had an amazing experience with fellow residents nurtured by generous staff and leadership.
Go into the wild, and find yourself again.