Archive of Retreats

2016

  • September 1-8, 2016 Rebekah Erev & Leif J Lee were on a combo art retreat

Rebekah Erev is a queer, Jewish, feminist artist who works in object-making, performance and the written word. She holds a Master in Teaching from The Evergreen State College and has over sixteen years of teaching experience. She currently makes her home in the Bay Area and is enrolled in a DIY MFA program that meets in libraries. Erev self-published the Moon Angel / Malakh Halevanah deck and bookwhich were born of her interest in providing tools to shift cultural healing towards the expression of liberation in all its complexities. In 2013, she was ordained through the Kohenet Institute as a Hebrew Priestess.

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Leif J. Lee is a multidisciplinary artist born in the Pacific Northwest and currently based in Portland Oregon. She received her MFA in 2014 from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Leif uses queer theory to construct and deconstruct the contemporary queer landscape image through painting, performance and sculpture. She is currently a co-collaborator in the Precipice Funded project Environmental Impact Statement, and is an editorial correspondent for the web based magazine, Central. Her studio practice includes creating hand drawn patterns in ink on fabrics that are hand dyed and sewn for clothing, soft sculpture and wall hangings. Her collaborative performances include both the 2013 and 2014 TBA festivals, PICA’s Resource Room Residency performance in 2014, Zenna Zeza’s “Soup and Tart” event in 2015, and live digital animation with the Secret Drum Band. She has shown her fabric paintings in several solo exhibitions in both WA and OR. She has given lectures at Surplus Space, the Ford Building, PNCA, and the PSU Social Practice Conference Assembly.

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From the proposal: We see this as a pre-retreat for a project we are developing called, Practicing Homosexuals: We Practice What We Preach. We would like to have time to draw, study, converse, make some videos and document our process. We will use paper and pen, fabric and hand sewing, mobile phone video and camera and the natural elements on the land.

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  • August 12-September 4, 2016

Jacqueline Suskin is a writer, performance poet and artist based in Los Angeles. She is the author of two books, the latest entitled Go Ahead & Like It available April 28, 2015 from Ten Speed Press of Penguin Random House. Known for her ongoing work with a project she calls Poem Store, Suskin composes on-demand poetry for customers who choose both a topic and a price in exchange for a unique verse. Poem Store has been her main occupation since 2009 and has taken her around the country with her typewriter in tow. Suskin has been featured in New York Times, T Magazine, LA Times, The Atlantic, and various other publications. She has performed at events for a range of organizations including Art Basel, Los Angeles Contemporary, Art of Elysium and SF MOMA. Recently she collaborated with fashion brands Alice + Olivia and Nasty Gal, finding endless ways to bring poetry into the mainstream. Jacqueline is also the Editor in Chief for the Dilettante Paper book series.

www.yoursubjectyourprice.com

From the proposal: I will be spending my days working on my new book of poems about California. Many poems need edits, but I will also be creating new work. I’m just looking for a way to find discipline and get the bulk of the book figured out. Time and space in the woods will help I think!img_3328

  • August 2-12, 2016

Inés Ixierda is an interdisciplinary visual artist and bruja in Oakland, California. I use handcraft and mark making to heal and hold my lived experience as a queer disabled woman of color. Using a range of materials, I am influence by liberation movements, radical femininity, self-determination, pain, and magic. I have worked as an arts educator for over 15 year.

www.inesixierda.com

From the proposal: In January 2015 I began working with Bay Area DIY MFA, a collective effort to explore arts education without life altering debt. My own project within this effort is the development of a graphic narrative exploring trauma, disability, healing and my experience surviving a random, near fatal attack. I have been working mostly in ink drawings, paper cuts and collages. My long term goal is to collect these as a graphic novel type publication. ines-i-was-here_2016

  • July 5-13, 2016

Molly Allis is a multi-media artist and musician based in Los Angeles. She designs and constructs interactive environments with sculpture, illustration and sound design, encouraging audience participation and improvisation. Working with recycled materials, she re-imagines everyday objects, serving as props for participants to play with. Her work raises questions around the boundaries of material reality through activating a world of make believe. The hidden potential within discarded objects extends into her workshops with children, creating art out of recycled materials. Her award-winning animations have screened in festivals internationally, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Madrid Experimental Film Festival, and the Linoleum Festival in Moscow. She worked with the world-renowned Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, and Great Small Works Toy Theater Company in Brooklyn. She performs in an all-ages, female circus project in elementary schools, and teaches rock band classes to youth, both of which address issues of self-esteem. She leads the female indie-folk duo Bear Club, which released a self-titled album in April, 2015. Molly received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Theater Directing/Design, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Integrated Media and Experimental Sound Practices.

www.mollyallis.com

From the proposal: I am thinking that I would either like to focus on songwriting (and possibly correlating the songs with a narrative/visual element), or just focusing more on 2D/visual art. My work tends to be somewhat spontaneous, so I’d probably come with some musical instruments and visual art materials and just dive in. I work in a variety of mediums–music, illustration, puppetry, sculpture, animation and installation. I’m not yet totally sure which medium/project I’d focus on up there, but I totally understand and embrace the off-the-gridness of Fancyland. molly-allis-photo-of-art

  • March 20-31, 2016

Awren Schwartz on Retreat, working on a Radio Drama.

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2015

  • November 2015 -Alice on Mushroom Dying retreat

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  • July 13-17, 2015Annah and Berkley were on a combo retreat

Annah Anti-Palindrome is a bay-area based musician/Optical Sound-Smith, writer, & queer/femme antagonist who hails from the working-class craters at the base of the Sierra Foothills. Annah performs using a variety of different mediums including a Line 6 (DL4) looping system, kitchen utensils, gasmasks, raw eggs, blood pressure cuffs, found objects, her body (mostly her throat), and more!
As part of the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival, Annah co-edited Passage and Place, a queer anthology on Home. Annah is also the co-editor of 1-2-3 Punch: How Misogyny Hurts Queer Communities, a staff writer for Everyday Feminism (www.everydayfeminism.com), and a collective member of Deviant Type Press (www.devianttype.net). Her first book of poems, DNA Hymn, will be released in October, 2016 through Sibling Rivalry Press (www.siblingrivalrypress.com)

www.annahantipalindrome.com

From the proposal: I will be working to finish the final draft of my manuscript, DNA Hymn! Here’s a brief synopsis: The word “palindrome,” derived from its greek root, “palin dromo,” literally means “a recurrence” or a “revolving cycle.” At birth, I was assigned the palindromic name, “Anna.” In 2007, after my mother passed away from a drug overdose, I changed the spelling of my name to “Annah”- an act of (re)naming that allowed me to disrupt one, overt and literal cycle of repetition that had previously defined me.
The hybrid structure of this project is forged in the work of resisting the patterns and narratives of violence I was taught in childhood: the palindromes of family history, of class, of place. This memoir is written as a form of radical and lyrical activism, and in a form that does not settle easily in genre. I am working poetically to resist the reproduction (both conscious and unconscious) of a childhood of violence. In this work I challenge myself to turn towards my participation in those patterns and to repurpose that legacy through language.

Berkley Carnine is a queer organizer, educator, writer, and musician of mixed European descent. She grew up in Oregon, lived for nearly a decade in the Bay Area, and currently resides in Arizona. After receiving her MFA at Arizona State University she moved up to Flagstaff where she herds sheep, organizes around Indigenous solidarity, builds creative community, makes home in a bread truck and tries to maintain circulation to her fingers so she can write during the long ass winters. She is currently working to finish her first novel.

From the proposal: I’ll be working on editing a novel and hopefully workshoping sections with Annah as well as looking at some of her revisions on her manuscript. Additionally, I hope to create audio landscapes that accompany / inspire the work.

  • July 26- August 9, 2015

Anna Joy Springer is a writer, visual artist and instructor at UC San Diego. She directs the MFA program. She practices Theravadan Buddhist meditation. She is a white femme dyke from a working poor background in Central California. And… Anna Joy Springer received her M.F.A in Literary Arts from Brown University. Teaching and writing interests include: graphic texts (including sculptural poetry, intermedia installations, digital literatures, and comics), punk rock, feminist ethics, non-traditional literary structures, and radical literary arts pedagogies.

From the proposal: I’ll be working with the second fifty pages of my new book, Art In Heaven. I’ll be reading books and journals on feminist history, including the period after 1980 dubbed “The Sex Wars” – I’ll be writing this lyric memoir that’s part historical, part fantastical, and part memoir. I’d like to get 30-50 new pages or revised pages in the 10 days at Fancyland with the trees. All I need is a flat surface to write on, a bed to sleep in, lots of quiet and some redwood trees and some queerness and to not be in charge of anything.

  • August 5-12, 2015

Cory Brown is an out -&-proud trans*masculine queer in his mid-twenties. Adventures to new places, dancing, spending time outside, creating things with his hands, and laughing with friends bring him the most joy. Corey currently works for an organization that supports homeless and at-risk youth, and volunteers with the San Francisco Speakers Bureau, the Transgender Gender-Variant Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), and other rad queer organizations. Before moving to the Bay area about five years ago, he grew up mostly in Florida and enjoyed finding queer community in the South. As a self-taught artist, Corey appreciates the personal exploration that art allows, as well as the ways in which art can bring communities together. Corey is interested in exploring trans* and queer mythology, queer codes, queerness and queer community in the South, and the way art plays into all of these areas. He is currently an intern with Katie Gilmartin and the Queer Ancestors Project.

From the proposal: I hope to continue work on a series of linocut prints related to queer mythologies. I plan to read for inspiration, draw, and carve lino plates during my time at Fancyland. I will be working mostly with linoleum plates and my carving tools, though some pencil and paper drawings will take place.

 

2014

  • May 31-June 7, 2014

Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela’s writing has been recognized by The Leeway Foundation, Hedgebrook and others, and has been published in Make/shift, As Us Journal, Apiary, Aster(ix), The Newer York and Big Bell. She is the founder of Thread Makes Blanket press. She teaches at the Community College of Philadelphia.

http://asusjournal.org/2014/02/14/marrisa-johnson-valenzuela-poetry-and-fiction/

http://asterixjournal.com/bandolera-marissa-johnson-valenzuela/

I would like to accomplish focused, productive work on the novel I am writing. I will be working longhand (as I often write) and with a printed copy of the 250 pages I have written. I look forward to writing without the distraction of the internet.

  • June 16-30, 2014

Jackie Davis, B.B.Q. is an archival artist, idea generator, feeler/seer, confidant and a witch. She cares deeply about transformative processes and hopes to live her life to its fullest potential. She is not afraid of change.

This retreat is time for me to explore the simultaneous (and perhaps harmonious) processes of creativity and self discovery. I intend to use my time exploring the genres of dance and film to understand and record my experience of living in a human body (right here, right now). I am borrowing a video camera and intend to progressively make collaborative choreography with the land over the course of my stay. It will be a negotiation, not a doctrine. The first week of my stay will entail daily movement exercises intended to generate choreography. I will document these movements with my handheld video camera. This will help me see my work from the inside out/outside in. The second week I will work with my friends/dancers (Sage, Lori, and ?), weaving the choreography I generated from the first week onto/into our bodies. The goals of my retreat are not product oriented, but I imagine I will create, record and FINISH a short (5-10 min) dance/film work in my time on the land. I will be working mostly outdoors.

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Molly Gove enjoyed a textile/spiritual retreat during the same time.Molly Retreat2014

  • June 30-July 7, 2014

Greta LeFluer  http://americanstudies.yale.edu/faculty/greta-lafleur

At Fancyland, I’ll be working on finishing a chapter of my book project, which is currently (tentatively) retitled Conditional Desires: The History of Sexualities in Eighteenth-Century North America, 1674-1815, which describes the cultural emergence of sexuality as a form of knowledge of the human during the long eighteenth century in North America. I will arrive at Fancyland from two months of research fellowships at the Huntington Library and the American Antiquarian Society, so I will be working on shaping the research that I do at those archives into a chapter.

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  • July 14-31, 2014

Seeley Quest is a trans writer and performer who has organized, MC’d, and performed in events around the Bay Area since 2001 including at the International Queerness and Disability Conference, National Queer Arts Festival, SF Anarchist Cafe, and with the Sins Invalid project, and on tour to Vancouver, Toronto, and numerous other US cities and colleges.

i will be working on writing; i have several projects in progress and will give myself room to write on whichever i’m inspired by, after finishing a new essay for performance in San Francisco upon return.Photo seely

  • August 1-9, 2014

Kalil Cohen is a writer, director, producer, performer, speaker, and all around Renaissance (Trans)man. He is the founder of The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival, now in it’s fifth year. He screens films, gives workshops, and performs poetry and hip hop at colleges and conferences throughout the US. His short comedy Queerer Than Thou (2008) has screened at over 50 film festivals on four continents, and his latest short film, the music video So Pomo (2012), has screened at film festivals in NY, LA, SF, Copenhagen, Sydney, and London. His two poetry chapbooks have taken him to stages across the US, including to the US Social Forum. In 2013 he was named a “local LGBT hero” by KCET public television. Kalil’s art works to destabilize assumptions about gender and sexuality even from within the queer community, where Homonormativity has replaced Heteronormativity as a constricting expectation on us all.

I would like to finish my current chapbook during my retreat. I have written two prior chapbooks of poetry and have this one about three quarters written. I would like to finish writing the rest of the poems (handwriting and then typing) and then do the layout on my laptop and design the cover as well.

Eulogy for the Infinite To Do List by Kalil

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  • August 6-12, 2014

Devan: weaving retreat. Devan brought his standing loom and worked diligently from start to finish to weave a swath of fabric that he will use to make a shirt.

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2013

  • April 24-30, 2013

Molly Gove is a designer, artist and healer.

I will be meditating and praying, working with spirit guides, rocks and gems to make healing essences or elixirs. I will also be opening myself to spiritual guidance by doing quiet handy-craft work, incorporating some of my insights and visions into artwork (mostly needlework and hand-sewing) as well as the medicines. My materials will be rocks and gems that I will bring with me, artesian well-water, which I will bring withe me, various supplies for making medicines, found objects, writing and drawing materials, the full moon, the sun, fabric and sewing supplies.April2013 004

  • June 22-29, 2013

Naima Lowe is a 34 year old Queer, African-American artist and educator based in Olympia, WA. Her films, videos, performances and writings have been seen at the Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, The Knitting Factory, The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Islander Experience, The Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, The International Toy Theater Exhibition, and Judson Memorial Church.

www.naimalowe.com

I am in the process of creating a series of 96 photographic images that will ask viewers to consider the relationship between race, gender and the natural world. The photographic images are blown up stills of a short 16mm film depicting repeating actions in “natural” environments, such as black woman’s feet jumping in slow motion into a puddle of mud. The photo series will represent four seconds of footage from the film (24 frames x 4 seconds = 96 photos). Each set of photos will be hand letterpress printed with single words that will challenge the viewer’s expectations of what belongs in nature. I will use my time at Fancyland to shoot the short films that I will later process and print. Working in a quiet and electricity-free environment will help me remain focused on the meticulous process of shooting 16mm film. The camera I am using is completely mechanical and does not require any electricity. July2013 006

  • July 5-7, 2013

Qilo Matzen  is a queer SF Bay area dancer/choreographer/improvisor.

 I propose a dance retreat with three others. I’ve been making work for the past few years that follows a pattern: collective process, explicit activist themes, and tight time frame with a rushed process and little chance of revision. Last year I immersed myself in the loose cohort of scientists, artists, and activists called The Water Underground, which uses slapstick musicals and creative science fairs to entice audiences to join conversations about salmon habitat and shifting human/water infrastructures. I had the pleasure of acting in and co-producing the live and film versions of “The Gold Fish, or Straight Flushes for the Manifestly Destined”. It was fabulous! And now I’m ready to sail a different course, one in the murkier waters of emergent processes. What happens if I set aside time and space and dancers to choreograph? What if I don’t have a performance date on the horizon? What unexpected content, arrangements, questions, and humor will surprise me and other viewers? It’s easy to say, “I make performances about ______” It’s harder to say, “Take a risk with me as I play with composing, and see what emerges.” Fancyland offers a contained space and time for this adventure.IMGP2497

  • July 8-15; August 4-11; 18-24

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha worked on finalizing her manuscript for her memoir Dirty River.

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  • July 17-August 17, 2013

Jonah Aline Daniel is a gender variant, white, jewish, chronically ill, amphibious body worker, energetic herbalist, organizer, candlemaker, anti-zionist, radical, spiritual, intuitive, introvert.

I would like to have a Medicine Making Retreat at Fancyland!  I will be buying fresh herbs from Sonoma County Herb Exchange an Pacific Botanicals and making loads of tinctures and salves and other magical potions as a part of my new Energetic Herbal Practice, Passionflower Plant Medicine.  I will be meditating with plants, inviting people to help, hopefully having plant nerd visitors.  Many of the herbs require cooking for long or short periods- I will be looking into the possibilities for a gas stove or solar powering my crockpot.  I may also be working on designing labels and other things for my new practice.

I am falling more in love with plants and plant medicine every day, deepening in my respect for the wisdom and power of the body, building herbalism and craniosacral therapy practices, studying somatics and trauma, excavating family history, mapping landscapes of pain and memory, singing, resisting christian hegemony, meditating, remembering dreams, riding my own waves, organizing everything, grieving, reckoning, building home inside my body, surrendering to water, learning how to surf, sweating, shedding skin.August2013 002

2012

  • May 11-19, 2012

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha  is a queer disabled Sri Lankan writer, teacher and cultural worker and a Pushcart and Lambda Prize nominee.  The author of Consensual Genocide and Love Cake and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies. She co-founded Mangos With Chili, the national queer and trans people of color performance organization, is a lead artist with Sins Invalid and teaches with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People.  She has taught, performed and lectured across the country.  Leah holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, focusing on creative nonfiction and community-based teaching by writers of color.  Find out more about all of her work at www.brownstargirl.org.

After a couple years of non stop touring and artistic production and being very visible as a workshop teacher, writer, performer and community organizer, my soul is hungry to get the fuck away, hole up and work on my two new book projects. I am specifically hungering to complete my memoir, Dirty RiverDirty River is a “choose your own adventure” mixed brown girl abuse survivor chronic illness memoir. I’m inspired in form by Lidia Yuknovitch’s The Chronology of Water. Basically, I want to tell a story about surviving abuse in real life, coming home to being brown after a childhood in a family with a lot of internalized racism, and coming into a disabled life. 

 I love this book, but working on it consistently has been a huge challenge when I am constantly hit up with emails, phone calls, text messages, requests for support from around the world, work, living in a collective house with 8 other people, producing shows, working on conferences, making a living, dating and processing with lovers and friends, and the like. I really deeply need a place with no internet that is not in the Bay Area to do this work. Leah Studio 2012

  • June 5-28, 2012

Lauren LaMotte & Sarai Black collaboration.

Sarai Black is an artist working mainly in the mediums of photography, video, mixed media pieces and installation. She deals with ideas of sexuality, gender presentation, queer identity, the human body, social justice, magic and transgression. Often her explorations manifest in intimate portraits of her queer community. Over the last year Sarai’s work has focused strongly on blurring boundaries of identity, magic and ritual, moving through pain and the ways in which the artistic process can be therapeutic. Her work is personal and political calling upon her audience to participate in a questioning of self.  Sarai holds a BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Some of the things that I would like to explore during my time at Fancyland are the intricacies of process-based making and collaboration, full cycle fiber arts (raw wool to knitted/felted garment or piece), magic and spinning wool, full scale blind contour drawings, altar making, photography, outdoor installation, and magical collaboration.

The way that I see this playing out is that Lauren and I are going to show up with the intention of possibly approaching all of these small-scale projects and more. We would like to allow ourselves to go wherever it is that we feel artistically called and see what comes of it. For me this is very much about the process through a time that is dedicated to making and the act of collaborating with another. I anticipate that the resulting work of art may be something like an artifact of the experience or process.July 2012 005July 2012 008

more information about Lauren LaMotte and photos of their project here

  • July 1-8, 2012

Jackie Davis & Emily Kingan spent the week capturing video footage of the local flora, and then synchronized it to music they created on the land- the result was a Plant Rave.

  • August 7- 19, 2012

Rebecca Cascade is an expressive arts therapist, artist, herbalist and community folk healer. Her passions guide her to support the healing and restoration of the interdependent relations between self, the community and the land-base we rely on for sustenance. She engages with this work via individual healing sessions, group work, and teaching using the tools of the arts, ritual, and nature connection. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Check her out at www.tidewalker.org.

I’ve been working on a book art project at a slow pace over the last 5 years. In my time at Fancyland I would like to complete a first draft. The ‘book’ is a compilation of images and words (multi-media collage) I’ve created over the years that tell a story. It begins in deep time with the birth of the earth, travels through the time of my ancestors (from Ireland) and into the burning times and finally into this moment now as I am living it. For me this project is a way to delve into art as a way to heal the wounds of civilization within and as a vehicle for communication with the ancestors and the earth to speak and create through me. It is a way of grappling with what it means to be a cultural orphan, to be cut off from my ancestral roots knowing that the story of this amnesia is for me a vital part of finding my way home into the earth again. In this way I feel this as a recovery of ancestral memory and healing magic for the gifts of life they have offered.

2011

  • July 15-17, 2011

Nomy Lamm & Erin Daly music collaboration retreat for A New Road Home Tour

Nomy Lamm is a singer/songwriter and political activist.   Find out more at www.nomylamm.com.

  • August 1-21, 2011

Sterling Clark has been writing poetry and fiction for over twenty years and is also a spoken word artist.  Their topics often revolve around their experiences as a genderqueer femme and also as a sex worker. Sterling organized Portland’s first and only Female Positive Sex Workers Support and Discussion group, and is also one of the co-founders of the Portland chapter of SlutWalk.Aug2011 029I am going to spend my time there compiling my poetry through out the years into a a neat type written package that I will send out in hopes for publication. That will be a project I will be working on for my entire stay.

During week one and two I am going to focus a majority of my time and energy on writing some of the stories that have been brewing in my imagination. Week three and four I will be editing and illustrating this project and on week five I am going to self bind a couple copies of this book to be! Through out my time on the land I would also love to focus energy on painting, creating various pieces of art and working on performance art pieces. I will come bearing a tape recorder and I plan on recording sounds of nature to create dance pieces to.

I have never in my life allowed myself to just go into the forest alone and focus on my soul and art. It feels like an important part of my path right now to come to Fancy Land. I am so drawn to this experience. The time has come for me to stop letting my my job, my name, my activities, my STORY be the definition of me and instead retreat into the woods to be still and reconnect with my essence as an artist and creator!

  • August 29- September 12, 2011

Franciszka Voeltz co-created the Brontosaruaus Word Processing Exchange, a queer literary /performance ensemble in Portland, OR, and has facilitated free writing workshops for over six years with prisoners, queer youth, low-income adults and other under-served populations through Write Around Portland. Her work has appeared in Ocho, Flaneur Foundry, Analecta Literary Journal as well as in independent galleries in the Portland area.  Currently, she’s pursuing an MFA in writing at University of California San Diego.

I hope to be generating new work as well as re-working old work (towards a completed manuscript or kind of performance/project) as well as taking time to read some of the books I haven’t been able to read while in school. I also really like thinking about the lodge’s tiniest mailbox for the tiniest notes and how that creates another form (sometimes more intimate than conversation can be) of communication (as well as the tin cans! even if they aren’t used much) between the folks on the land and am curious how I might be able to add or create somekind of installation along those lines on fancyland without repeating what has already been done. this is not a promise, but certainly something i’ve been thinking about.IMG01236-20100901-1737_2

  • September 5-16, 2011

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 I intend to do a 10-day meditation retreat at Fancyland.

  • October 7- November 7, 2011

Cody-Rose Clevidence is a writer and poet. Their poetry has been published  in 1913: A Journal of Forms and VLAK Magazine.  Their latest manuscript Beast Feast (from their Fancyland retreat) was recently published by Ahsahta Press. They have  an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop.

 The project I’m working on, and hope to finish this fall, is a poetry manuscript dealing with queerness, the radicalized language(s) necessitated by queerness to deal with conceptualizing different ways to be in the world and also dealing with ideas of habitability and wilderness. It’s tentatively titled “BEAST FEAST”. I have about 25
 pages of rough material now, but would like to flesh it out into a full manuscript. I’m interested in language that evokes an ambiguous and disorienting sensation or records a de-normalized experience of being-in-the world and in poetry that interacts with the natural world not as some romanticized other but as a visceral and mutant thing that
we are part of. I’m becoming more and more interested in ideas of queer femininity (and queerness of gendering in general) as revolting by their conception as “un-natural” which is especially interesting in terms of a historical view of femininity as repulsive because it was too “base” or “primal” or “animalistic” and the tension between these
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2010

  • July 18-23, 2010

Caitlin Rose Sweet

www.caitlinrosesweet.com

 I would like to make a temporary environmental installation that is from an on going series called “My Mother’s Blood” that calls for the continuation of feminism and a personal mediation on my mother who is living with a terminal form of cancer. The installation will be site specific and consist of mostly red fabric and yarn tied to a tree or trees, to create a space that people can occupy. I am interested in creating installations that are interactive.DSCF2134October2011 034

2009

  • February 17-21, 2009

Calypso is a multimedia performance artist and clown from San Francisco. Passionate about the experience of being alive and the mystery of this phenomenon, Calypso dissects and plays with cultural stories, personal nuances, technology and how to access power through riveting and ridiculous displays of clown dance video theater. Calypso has toured nationally clowning and fire dancing with grassroots circuses by bicycle and bio-diesel bus. She currently performs clowning and magic shows for children, is preparing for an international tour with the Dreamtime Circus, face paints at corporate teambuilding events and is developing a full length solo show about cycles of time as an artist in residency at the garage theater.

Filming and prep work for a multimedia solo presentation entitled  “i capture dot show slash reality”. Calypso draws upon her own experiences of being alive to dance and clown from the live stage into the projected video screen. Through a comedic and touching cycle of life, venture with Calypso as she is born, goes in search of herself, gets caught in her own traps, becomes the grandmother, and bows down to her own inevitable and infinite death. Finding ourselves in the dawn of the information age, this show calls attention to our culture’s stories of time and identity, and how the proliferation of the digital image is transforming our most intimate understanding of who we are.

  • June 8-24, 2009

Annie Murphy is a comics artist and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon. She’s done zines about mental health, sexual assault and ghosts and has now moved on to drawing comics about strange ladies, invisible disability, and ghosts. Her comic, I Still Live: Biography of a Spiritualist, won the Xeric Award in 2008. She believes in image-magic, spirit cats, and the return of the Goddess. A raised working class person, she is currently trying to wrap her head around the idea of making a living off of her art. She is committed to maintaining social, artistic, and spiritual responsibility.  www.ghostcatcomics.blogspot.org.

An artist retreat at Fancyland would most certainly be a gift of freedom. Freedom to structure my day around making art; freedom to consider the act of creating art “work”; freedom from the distractions and stresses of city life: roommates, cell phones, errands, friends, family, all those wonderful things–the list of all there is “to-do” before actually settling into the drawing board. The Freedom to set my priorities exactly how I choose. Being in a cabin in the woods, surrounded by nature is an ideal place to compose the chaos in my head into a cohesive, creative form. My medium of choice for a Fancyland artist retreat is comics/graphic novels/picture-stories. I am in the beginning stages of a new biographical comic tribute to Jack Garland, aka Babe Bean. Babe was a trans man born in San Francisco in the 1800s who lived many different lives: a soldier in the Spanish-American war, a mysterious hermit living on a houseboat in Stockton writing articles for the San Francisco Examiner, accused German spy, and free-lance social worker and medic to name a few. I intend to use my time at Fancyland working on a graphic narrative of his life, drawing from biographical sources as well as archives housed San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society. The art materials I will be using are basic: pencils, pen and ink, erasers, paintbrush, paper, T-square, triangle, and a drawing board. I only need as much space on a flat (not too wobbly) surface as can hold my portable drawing board. My plan is to write out the story’s script, then pencil as much of the story as I can, given the visual reference I have with me. Since there is no electricity or internet, and since I work a lot from photo reference, I will try to have a good enough idea of everything I need to draw before coming, so that I can have all of the visual reference I will need on paper. I also plan on bringing some pre-penciled pages from other comics I am working on, to have a meditative, low-stress drawing activity for when my brain hurts (ahh, inking..). I think 3 weeks will be an ideal time frame to get a chance to engage with the rhythms of the land, (early-to-bed, early-to-rise!), establish my own routine (morning stretches, coffee, drawing, break for lunch, more drawing, etc.), and still be able to take time to water the garden, prepare meals, and tell campfire stories. Now that I am no longer in school, it is hard for me to establish a routine when it comes to my work as a comics artist. A retreat at Fancyland would enable me to do just that. And hopefully crank out at least a couple of pages a day!!

  • July 1-6, 2009

Kjerstin Rossi & Tuesday Smillie

Kjerstin Rossi

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Kjerstin: I spent my kidhood in the woods in Fieldbrook looking for nymphs in the streams and in Blue Lake collecting all the dandelion fluff on J street with the intention of stuffing pillows. I want to reconnect with that fantastical part of myself and go to that place I used to live in of absolutely serious make-believe. I’m hoping the smell of the trees and the Mad River might help me get there.

I will be making little dream worlds and taking pictures of Tuesday and I wearing them as elaborate hats or hairpieces. I want them to be attached/almost a part of us by being entangled in our hair. I will need to take long walks to gather my materials and I don’t want to think about or articulate my process or intent too much. I want to trust that part of me that is gleeful in making things, that knows what needs to come next, that doesn’t  know why until its finished. It’s not the only way I make art, nor is the only way that I think art should be made, but it results in very different work for me. I don’t often have the un-interruption to work this way so I am grateful to be able to do so at Fancyland.tuesday

Tuesday: In the summer of 2006 something shifted. When approached by strangers in the street I began to be referred to as “miss” or the occasionally “young lady”. As a trans-feminine gender queer I felt excited and validated to be read as the gender I felt most closely aligned with. I puzzled over what could have changed in my presentation to instigate a shift from assumed masculinity to assumed femininity. After considering subtle changes to my attire, manner and air I decided that it is impossible to truly know what goes into other people’s readings of who we are, but secretly I concluded that my hair had reached “lady length”.

I want to spend my time at Fancyland exploring and portraying the powers hair holds. Working primarily with pen and ink and watercolor I plan to investigate hair as a magical element, hair’s gendered significance (with an emphasis on feminality), hair as a socially excepted location of physical intimacy between women and hair’s power to transform.

I envision working closely with my co-resident Kjerstin Rossi, and though we are bringing two distinct projects, our process and resulting work will inevitably be intertwined. We plan to utilize each other in a number of ways, as assistants to each other’s hair centric projects, as grooming research colleagues, as models and as collaborators.New Image

  • July 7-31, 2009

Sarah Sass Biscarra-Dilley is, according to her mother, half-Mexican and half-criminal. A multi-disciplinary artist, weaver, tortillera and witch, her work explores the spaces between the worlds; between ancestral lines, between gender and gender roles, between past and present, between sacred space and living space, between personal authority and collective responsibility, between solemn attention and necessary irreverence. She likes dry heat, datura blossoms, musty textiles, strong coffee, tight skirts and sharp tongues. She lives in San Francisco.

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a) I would like to work on weaving and illustration, beading and writing, research for upcoming projects and collaborations.

b) I would like to lend a hand in either existing garden projects or help plan/establish a fall/winter garden (or be put to work somehow about the place).

c) I would like to gather basketry materials from around your property and other areas outlying (ethically, of course).

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