09/01/2017 Patricia Castillo:Trabajo y La Fiesta
The chance to do an artist residence for a period of 3 months in a different environment that I am use to; I am truly grateful.
Berlin is an interesting and somewhat quiet place (compared to my local environment). My residency time took place in the spring 2017. So beautiful, it seemed like a dream, and according to many, the best season of the year to be there.
The residency placement and my studio space was at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (KB) Berlin. The staff of the KB were amazingly helpful in every way. They always showed willingness to collaborate with me in developing my ideas and help with other concerns; whether inside or outside the studio building.
It was a whole new world of discovery for me. Here at the residency there were workshops for working with different materials. Three different workshops - wood, plastic and metals - were available and open for you to work any at time needed. This was great for me - to have a space with all the materials for creation and the production easily accessible was a great treat. I was able to use industrial machines that helped me to achieve the results in the works I did here. Therefore this was a great benefit to my work and practice.
Additionally, the studios at KB has a library, which was also the place where regular conversations with the community of present artists in residency and visitors was held. Through these, I meet some Berlin-based artists and had the opportunity to partake in conversations about the arts with varying voices and opinions.
In the course of the three months I took the chance to do two large scale works that where installed in my studio after sourcing the material I wanted to use with the help of the KB staff. With a very precise idea in mind, I worked with German nylon thread. I was fortunate enough to source the exact colours I needed to execute my project ideas. The two works that I completed as part of my residence are called Trabajo [Work] and La Fiesta [The Party]. These works were a tribute to two specific activities that I (and others) consider to be defining characteristics of this capital city. La Fiesta, in its design, also celebrates the many different people that arrive to Belin from places near and far, as a centre for so many. Tabajo goes beyond the idea of work but rather, tries to encourage thinking about the life/work balance.
During the last month of the residency period, I was lucky to have the chance to visited Documenta, in Kassel Germany and Art Basel in Basel Switzerland; two events of great prestige in the world of art.
In general this artist residency was a time of great benefit. It helped me to expand my conceptual horizons and thus I am able to bring new nuances to my thoughts for artistic production and my outlook on life in general.