Whilst staying in Sam Rit, Aem and Elysha introduced me to all of their family and other residency workers who were always on hand to drive me to bus stations, into Phimai - a town not far from Sam Rit, and welcomed me into family dinners that went late into the night. My main aim for the residency was to begin developing a body of work which was a result of ideas and brainstorming that I had been working on previously. Using the surrounding rural areas and temples as inspiration I was able to focus on my paper cuts - a practice I had not visited for some time. I also took advantage of the free wall space in which to practice my murals for a later date. At the end of the residency I had finished with a work a day, not to mention to drawings and note taking in my journal during this time.
Once I left Thailand I was off to the USA for another adventure. I plan to use what I made during my residency program to further inform my own ideas of art and continue in my practice, hopefully resulting in a solo show in 2015. Not only was the experience refreshing for me but it also allowed me to lay some more groundwork to further establishing myself as an artist. I recommend anyone wishing to experience an authentic side of Thailand whilst having a wonderful studio space to work in must make Sam Rit a priority.
- To check out some of Jordan's works completed during his residency, head to our Facebook page here.