Sam Rit is not like other Artist Residency, it is a place not only for producing art works but a place to live, share and celebrate.
The Village is a beautiful and peaceful place, from the old inhabitants to the cute children, everybody smiles, everybody greets and everybody seems to be glad.
Sam Rit is for an artist who wants to explore, who likes adventures, who is willing to try different flavors, who has the eye to find treasures and who has the soul to encounter with the essence of simple things of life. For me as an artist was a time to make many drawings, to think about future art projects, and as a human being was a time to plan life projects and also a time to get along with the sounds of the geckos, doves, cattle, pigs, birds and insects. Also was a time to explore a new culture and being close to new sounds, flavors and smells. The Temples are amazing, the celebration and the three days Festivals are full of colors and flowers arrangements. People come and go all the time, the doors at the residency are open all the time, also the hearts of Lindsay, On and Art and their extended family who are always ready to help and share with the artists and their companions. Thanks to them, the experience at Sam Rit is huge and each artist can embrace the Thai culture in a different level. We met everybody at the Village, from policemen to politicians, from Jin and her family at the restaurant to teachers and students, from neighbors to kids.
The spicy and the sweet coincide in the beautiful face of a child with enormous eyes and a big smile. Women laugh while they cooked, men drive trucks full of ornaments, and children go to school with their grandmothers.
Everything in Sam Rit is a dance, a hand movement, also rice, also green, also light, also the saffron color of the monks robes, the velocity of a bicycle, the convenience of a sandal, freedom, coconut, pork and pineapple.
In the Village time flows.
I will miss everything; my husband Hector will also miss everything.
Sam Rit is a place of happiness, tolerance and generosity.
Gisela Romero, Visual Artist from Venezuela, March 2016.