April 22nd 2016, I stepped on the ferry to the unknown which would be my next life for some time.
Actually it wasn’t completely the unknown. I was going to be an artist-in-residence in the South of Vancouver Island in Canada, at an artist studio and place’s named Heidi Bergtrom who I had never met.
How did I get myself into this?
Earlier that year, I was at home, in Paris, France, preparing for my big 2 years trip to Canada. I wanted this new chapter of my life to be about making art and meeting artists in Canada. How was I going to make that happen? I had desires, a blank page and the second biggest country in the world to work from. All kinds of ideas went through my head.
I looked online for art residencies all over Canada but couldn’t find any that my profile seemed to fit. I decided I would get in touch with art communities. Pretty soon, as one clic led to another, I found myself checking out artist Heidi Bergtrom’s website, her painting works, her photos, her videos… On the home page I read:
“These are a few interests and projects in my bucket list:
* One year in Venice during a biennale
* 90 days in the Desert – a project to collaborate with other artists in Dinosaur Park, AB.
And then at last,
* Host artists-in-residence from across the country and the world at my studio.
Cheers, Heidi Bergtrom, BFA