Marisa Dipaola, USA / Portugal

Residency Period: August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017


Bio

Marisa Dipaola was born barefoot on December 12th, 1977, and grew up in the cedar swamps and coastal Atlantic of southern New Jersey. She graduated with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 where she majored in painting and began experimenting with site-specific sculptural installations. Upon graduation, Marisa received a travel grant to study la Mezquita, in Cordoba, Spain, which began a collection of travels to eighteen countries, studying the sacred architecture and natural wonders, producing site-specific artworks in Japan and Iceland as well as entire series of artwork while on residence in Spain, India, Italy, Egypt, Austria, and Bahrain.

She has exhibited her works internationally at museums, galleries, universities, cultural institutions, community gathering places, outdoors within natural sculptural parks and urban revitalization projects.

URL: dropr.com/marisadipaola


On-hiatus Proposal Summary

In the course of being a nomadic artist, Marisa Dipaola has wandered throughout the landscape in diverse surroundings, constantly inspired by the natural world that embraces us all. After residing in the southern Austrian Alps for three years, she and her family are ready for a road trip to move to southern Portugal, in order to buy and renovate an old farm as a sustainable, permaculture project: moonfarmers. Raising her three-year old daughter while this major project is on the go, she is unable to foresee any free-time to take part in the artworld, at least for a year or so. Instead, she will dedicate her time and artistic effort to turning an abandoned property into a sustainable small farm and retreat, and quite possibly a future artist residency.

Her time will be spent with rebuilding a sustainable habitation, sourcing and planting fruit and nut trees, native edibles, sacred seeds, establishing berry patches, grape vines, mushroom patches, a chicken coop, a small fish pond, a huge vegetable patch. She will use sculptural elements to create terraced farming areas, enhance microclimates and enable year-round cultivation courtesy of cold frames fashioned from old windows as well as illuminating indoor growing areas, a few wind-chimes, alternative-energy-generating works, and the interior redesign & redecoration of their living space. On a more scientific front, she hopes to incorporate the skills she learns during this time to create various sculptural projects that encourage growth, combining illuminated works with fungal works and garden projects to create sustainable, living artworks. Any additional free time she finds will be spent mending clothes from the pile she’s had gathering for years and to complete more butterfly carpets -- and there is that quilt she has wanted to make for her bedroom.

She hopes that the time working and reflecting while on-hiatus from the artworld, but proceeding with her moonfarmers project will guide the future, whichever way it grows.


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On Jul 31 2017, mathieu commented on revival: part IV: thank you for the reports and for the gorgeous photographs, your adventure is very inspiring![...]

On Jul 31 2017, co-director (s) commented on revival: part IV: I'm all choked up... July 31 happened to be my birthday too; what a last day! Thank you to you all!![...]

On Jul 31 2017, co-director (m) commented on revival: part IV: Thank you so much for your generous contribution to this project Marisa - and everyone (we know it's[...]

On Jul 30 2017, co-director (s) commented on revival: part three: One thing we regret not to have done sooner is to make the comment section capable of posting images[...]

On Jul 29 2017, marisa commented on revival: part one: Most of our gardening is playing the long-game & indeed for the patient-hearted. some of our tre[...]


making soup on Root days (& other Root-related things)

Root days always inspire me to make soup,
and today was no exception.

In the afternoon, I sautéed a chopped onion in canola oil,
added a diced potato, and four large carrots, and a touch of butter.
Then I put in some coriander and celery seed, and a handful of red lentils;
then a few cups of carrot juice and a splash of seawater.
I brought it to a boil, and then simmered until the veggies softened.
And then, because we had such a warm and sunny day, we had enough power that
I was able to use my blender wand to “fphoot fphoot” it into a purée.

This carrot soup is the second soup I made in this past week.
Last week, I made another root vegetable soup.
I started early, right after Marmalade went to school,
sautéing an onion in rosemary-infused olive oil,
then adding 2 sliced carrots, a cubed potato,
those oyster mushrooms from the firewood,
radish greens, kidney beans, and a bunch of barley.
I used ground celery seed and white pepper for seasoning,
as well as a few cups of carrot juice and leftover applesauce for the broth.

After the soup was simmering, I went outside to do some yard work.
I started by cutting more grasses to put down on the driveway,
hoping by the time all the overgrowth is trimmed
we will be able to actually walk down the driveway
without sinking into the muck.

I also scraped the muck off one of the cherry trees.
It was thicker and stickier than it looked, really awful stuff,
so I needed to get fresh topsoil to replace all that was tainted.
I then watered with our mycorrhizal-infused canal water,
and applied a thick layer of eucalyptus mulch.
I have five more trees to rehabilitate this week.

Afterwards, we went to Odemira to get the registration for the ruin,
specifying that we have a little over 32 square meters to work with,
required by the architects for their planning purposes.

After picking up Marmalade from school,
we worked some more on the cork siding,
as Root times are good times to hang things.
We were not quite finished before dinnertime,
but got a lot of the more difficult pieces in place.
Friday was another Root day, and so we were able to finish.

We even have some cork leftover, to fill in some gaps on other parts of our exterior.

Oh, another update:
Our name was accepted by the Portuguese government,
so we will be officially registered as “moonfarmers”
for agricultural research (specializing in fungus, fruits, & vegetables)
based on the aspects of the movements of the moon and stars,
and nature tourism, with our soon-to-be-renovated guesthouse,
for researchers, artists, friends, and family all looking for a retreat.

But back to today.
Although sequentially it should be a Flower time,
there was a Root trine today,
hence the carrot soup.

Santa got Marmalade a swing,
so Mohamed hung that from a branch of a cork oak tree.
Santa also got Marmalade a Hello Kitty bakery set and modeling clay,
so we spent a better part of the morning making clay pastries for the bakery.


Then I made a chocolate swirl cheesecake, which we’ve already eaten most of.

I spent a while this morning reflecting on the holidays,
which haven’t felt the same being so far
from my parents and extended family;
finally realizing that Marmalade is three,
this is really her holiday more than mine.
And we spent the day playing together,
and that is really the best thing I could do today.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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co-director (m) wrote on Dec 28:

A belated Merry Christmas Moonfarmers. And congrats on the registration. Both mom's and Marmalades cakes look delicious!!