Through the residency I was able to grow as both a person and artist. Sam Rit contains a promoting environment for practitioners, the studios, the accommodation, all the activities and the authenticity of the location, contributes towards your experience and how you respond to that in your work.
My work is often driven by the anxieties created by globalization, and I often investigate issues of anthropology in relation to distinctive behavioral cultures, but my work from the residency has evolved from the foreign experience and has extensively broadened the subject matter and concepts surrounding the work.
At Sam Rit the joyful experiences leave you waking up each morning with the smile on your face wondering what the days hold ahead. drinking with the locals, visiting the numerous attractions and temples, or a day in the studio. What ever the days hold you will be overwhelmed by the community spirit. Once I understood the extent and shortcuts of getting over the language barrier, I was not restricted, the food, the people, the culture and the ideology of living in rural Thailand fed the progressive attitude that contributed to development of my work.
The whole team of staff that were involved with the residency are better off being called family, because that is the way you feel being involved with some of the most genuine and overall amazing people involved. On and Lindsay are the foundation to which the best experiences you have are built on, welcoming and approachable are a few of the words to describe their unconditional kindness, giving you complete freedom of the residency letting you tailor it towards your practice. You are able to experience the growth of Thailand and the developing ways of the rural villages and how important tradition and other aspects of their culture. I gained a lot more than I expected and inspired a whole body of work which will stay with me throughout my active practice.
I hope to take my experience, artwork, new friends and life lessons with me forever. I am truly grateful and humble to have the opportunity to attend the residency and will never forget the people and experiences I was subject to throughout the whole experience.