September 2017 – December 2017
Jeremy Geragotelis: As a playwright and director, my work examines the presence of moral thought in theater. I am influenced by the Greek tragic canon, where considerations of social mechanics are naturally imbedded in the dramatic fiber of a play. My current theater-making practice works to reject standardized hierarchical methods of making. I view a making opportunity as inherently collaborative - an opportunity to practice moral thought with fellow artists by building a rehearsal culture based in compassion. I track the influence of this non-traditional process on the theatrical product: does morality need to be overt or can it be accessed implicitly in the manner through which we approach the content of a play?
I work interdisciplinary and keep up a practice as a poet, composer, and painter. I will use my time in residence to not only generate theater work but also compile my thoughts on the debate on tonality in twentieth century music and its larger artistic impacts.
Suzanne Alward: The mediums I use to tell my stories are tangled together; drawing intermingles with sculpture, and sculpture with stop-motion animation. These are the tools I use to translate my stories into artwork. The narratives I create are built upon the creativity that was nurtured by alternative education as a child.
Drawing attracts me due to its accessible nature, the ability to sketch my thoughts and inspirations wherever I am. Fascinated with the emotions in faces that are so delicately hidden, I capture them in my notepad, getting lost in the lines that weave a character’s story.The malleability of clay creates endless possibilities, with earth under my nails I carve out the details of a face, or spin a formless shape into a vessel. Utilitarian pottery allows me to create pieces that blur the line between fine-art, and coffee in the morning.
The stories that play out in my head are often unsatisfied being confined in a frozen state, stop-motion animation was the key to breaking them out. My life is often overcome by vivid daydreams, stories that play out about people I see, or inanimate object personalities.
Through the creations that exist inside me I’m able to share my perspective with the world, and create a connection with people near and far.
January 2018 – May 2018