This summer we delve into art through the ecological framework of the human experience. What does it mean to be ecologically balanced within ourselves – our bodies, minds and societies?
Ecology refers to a “home” in balance, and the most immediate layer of a person’s home is the body/mind. This first encounter of an “environment” determines how we relate to the whole ecosystem. In other words, the living organisms we share space with have been deliberately “curated” by the human experience. Determined by our beliefs and needs, a plant can become an ally or an enemy. A farm animal will be seen as a pet or a meal, and wildlife will become wall decoration or a pest. Crops will survive wars or be replaced by others depending on how strong their cultural ties are. The artists in residence at Guapamacátaro this Summer approach this multi-faceted reality from a variety of perspectives and media, culminating in a one-day exhibition throughout the Hacienda grounds.
R E S I D E N C Y : J U N E 7 – 30 , 2 0 1 9
E X H I B I T I O N : F R I D A Y J U N E 2 8 , 5 – 8 P M
Anna Stump (USA)
Anna Stump is an artist and arts educator living in San Diego and Los Angeles. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Occidental College and her Master of Fine Arts at San Diego State University. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the Fine Arts Department at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey in 2006-2007 and was recently awarded residencies at Cill Rialaig, Ireland and Centre Pompadour, France. Anna teaches studio and art history courses at San Diego City College and Grossmont College. She also teaches drawing and painting at Donovan State Correctional Facility. Anna is the founder of the San Diego Feminist Image Group. She is one-half of the painting team Hill&Stump. She is co-owner of the Moonhuts, a photo and events studio in Los Angeles (www.moonhuts.com) and the Desert Dairy, an artist space in Joshua Tree. The artist is represented by Sparks Gallery and Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance in San Diego. “My work as a painter, performance artist, and curator is intimately connected. Interest in body politics, feminism, and physicality is grounded in community building and education, which I challenge personally by cultural risk-taking. My job is to both please and provoke.”
Diana Corinne Bustos (MEXICO/USA)
Visual Art & Movement Arts
Diana Bustos is a performing and visual artist currently based out of Portland, Oregon. Raised in the suburbs of northern California as one of the few “minorities” in her community, Diana explores themes of identity, place, gender, and race in her work. As the child of first and third generation latinx parents, Diana finds her location as the second generation to be one of complete mystery and vital importance. With roots in Michocán, Mexico, Diana is curious to explore the depths of her indigenous heritage and uses her art to reflect and bridge the chasm that lies in her xicanx identity. Having been raised on the “American Dream” and feeling the silent pain of assimilation, Diana’s work is a proclamation for what is, to be right here, now, living in both worlds. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2011 with a B.A. in Art Education. As a dancer, Diana has trained with companies like AXIS Dance company (Oakland, CA), DanceAbility (Eugene, OR), Ate9 Dance Company in Gaga movement methodology (LA), Ledges and Bones (SF, LA), Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian dance with Axé Didé (Portland, OR), and will be training in Ruth Zaporah’s “Action Theater” this spring. She also has a deep love for somatics, the Feldenkrais Method and mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga. It is Diana’s profound belief that movement lives across mediums and in every aspect of our lives if we choose to see it as such. Immensely grateful for her teachers and experience, Diana currently spends her time facilitating a dance collective at a local high school, making art and exploring her path as an expressive arts therapist.
Emily Breidenback (USA)
Emily Breidenbach is an arts administrator and writer with a background working in arts and educational non-profit spaces. Emily is currently the Assistant Director for Marketing and Enrollment for Continuing Studies and Youth Programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has previously managed strategic communications for the Art Institute of Chicago, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and the Krannert Art Museum. She also writes for the arts publication Sixty Inches from Center. Emily holds a BFA in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Laura Plant (UK)
Curating, Art, Craft, Cross-disciplinary research
Laura Plant is an Artist and Curator from Bristol in the United Kingdom, currently living in London. She comes from a fine arts background, having studied Illustration as her undergraduate degree and now currently studying an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths (University of London). Over the past few years, she has curated a number of self-organised exhibitions and event series covering film work, print and publications, as well as undertaking her own design and drawing practice in which she has made and self-published a number of publications. She has worked in galleries both non-profit and commercial, had a number of voluntary roles for public art institutions and community projects, and written a number of articles published in arts-related journals. Always interested in working across disciplines, with a particular focus on the role of art in illuminating and transforming scientific knowledge for a wider public context, she is currently exploring how the visual arts and curatorial disciplines can inform and advance each other. After finishing her MFA this Summer, she intends to pursue her own independent curatorial practice.
Ted Meyer (USA)
Ted Meyer is a nationally recognized artist, curator and patient advocate who helps patients, students and medical professionals see the positive in the worst life can offer. Ted’s 18-year project “Scarred for Life: Mono-prints of Human Scars” chronicles the trauma and courage of people who have lived through accidents and health crises. Ted seeks to improve patient/physician communications and speaks about living as an artist with illness. Telling stories about his own art and the stories behind his scar art collection, he offers insight into living with pain, illness, and disfigurement. Ted has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today. His work has been displayed internationally in museums, hospitals, and galleries. As the current Artist in Residence at USC Keck School of Medicine, Ted curates exhibitions of artwork by patients whose subject matter coincides with medical school curriculum. Ted has curated shows by artists challenged by MS, cancer, germ phobias, back pain, and other diseases. In addition, he is a Visiting Scholar at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, invited to take part in the Aspen Seminars, was named The 2017 Sterling Visiting Professorship at Stanford University, and has been a TEDMED mainstage speaker. Ted’s painting have been shown around the world, from Europe, to Asia, and throughout the United States. With subject matter ranging from introspective, to down right humorous, his narrative always looks at human interactions. Ted is also a freelance designer, writer, photographer and illustrator. He has written and illustrated several books. “Shrink Yourself: The Complete do-it-Yourself Book of Freudian Psychoanalysis”, “The Butt Hello – And Other Reasons My Cats Drive Me Crazy”, “Cats Around the World” and “Good Things You Can Learn from A Bad Relationship”, “Scarred for Life”, “Woman Napping with Animals”. He is the owner of Art Your World, a full service design studio.