Notes from Adam Ottavi, Artist in Residence

After a year of preparation, experimenting, and planning, I arrived in Homer on March 30 and began working immediately.  I am currently here completing the artwork and preparing for the exhibition installation this week.  During the Bunnell Street residency, I lived above the gallery in the Old Town Bed & Breakfast and worked in a studio and darkroom in the building’s basement.  The environment here is wonderful.  Bunnell’s staff and the Homer community have been incredibly supportive, welcoming, and energizing.  Conceptually, the photographs in this exhibit reflect the unique atmosphere found in Homer. Simultaneously, these pictures discuss the complex interaction of humans and the natural world through photographs of early spring ephemera unique to the Kenai Peninsula.  These still life images will be displayed alongside singular portraits of Homer’s emerging generation.   Nearing completion, I feel these ambrotypes were created in tandem with the creative energy surrounding the Bunnell Street Art Center, the critical nucleus of the Homer art community. Additionally, the technical challenge of creating ultra large format wet-plate photographs in a concentrated time period and within such a buoyant environment has edified and inspired my creative process.  This experience has given me a greater appreciation for our supportive and collective statewide art community.   I am grateful for the significant contribution of the 2012 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award.  During this residency, I worked to produce photographs of great value, uniqueness, and fragility in an effort to reflect the same qualities found in the larger community of Alaska. The exhibition is titled To Crave What the Light Does Crave, named after a poem by Kevin Goodan.

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