I spent the month of October in Buenos Aires and most of November getting my head back in Alaska. It is a bit of a switch to go from spring-heading-into-summer to suddenly being in winter-heading-into-deeper-winter. My friend Kara and I rented an apartment and spent the month exploring the city. It was great fun, and it always amazes me how many days a person can spend just wandering around a new place. Our apartment had three (THREE!) bathrooms, which was quite a thrill for two people who live in Alaska without indoor plumbing.
I have never seen so many large groups of well-behaved dogs, eaten so many delicious empanadas, or had so many opportunities to buy socks (on the bus, on the train, on the subway, at a cafe, on the street corner. . .)
It was also a politically interesting time to be in Argentina.
I did actually have some work to do. After three weeks of playing tourist, I got down to business at the wonderful Proyecto ACE print shop. I had seven days to work, and work we did. The above photo shows master printer Adrianna Moracci in the studio. With the help of Adrianna and shop assistant Valeria Zamparolo we completed three editions of prints and started two others. It was really, really nice and I don’t think I’ve ever been so spoiled as an artist. I also need to thank the Alaska State Council on the Arts for helping to fund my time working at Proyecto ACE.
Now I’m back to work here at home. The weather is cold, there is snow on the ground, and skijor races are scheduled for this weekend. I just finished some work on various leftover projects and proposals, and it’s time to dig into getting ready for shows this coming summer.