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[...]


feet over fire

So I’ve always celebrated the first day of Spring,
as a reawakening from the long dark months of winter.

Upon meeting Mohamed,
I’ve learned of the celebration of Norooz,
the Persian New Year (& their Mothers Day!)
which occurs on the Spring Equinox.

Of all of his family’s holidays,
Norooz is the holiday I feel the most included;
partly because I’ve always celebrated this day,
and as an older tradition, it’s less directly tied to religion.

Newer to me is the Persian tradition of Chaharshanbe Suri,
(which translates to Red Wednesday, relating to the redness of the fire
& is an astrological ritual of ancient Zoroastrian origin)
a fire-jumping ritual performed on the last Wednesday before Norooz,
symbolizing the purification and release of the past year.

As our first Spring with a home of our own,
I felt it necessary to perform the ceremony on our land;
in particular, we’re burning away a stump from a dead old sapling,
(a remnant from the previous owners and their will on the land)
to create a more open garden space to plant our artichokes.

Mohamed and I each jumped while holding Marmalade,
and I did a series of jumps with Nutella,
and a few more holding both Marmalade and Nutella.
Jumping over past troubles,
reminded me of jumping hurdles,
not escaping but moving forward.

Preparing for Spring has always been a time of reflection.

This year I’ve been very conscious of our mild weather;
remembering Springtime snowstorms (& “mud season”s)
in many of the places I have lived.
(My freshman year at RISD, when we had over 4 feet/1.5 meters of snowfall on April 1st,
& cold & slushy Springs in Boston, Vermont & New Hampshire;
& even in Austria, where we had a heavy, wet snowstorm late last April,
dumping slush all over Spring’s flowering bulbs.)
No, I don’t miss it.

I enjoyed the frosty mornings here in January,
but by the end of the month I was ready for
the winter wonderland to melt and Spring to start.

I’ve also been thinking about Springtimes I’ve spent in warmer climates:
in Cordoba, Spain, in Egypt and Bahrain, and in Calabria, Italy,
by far my favorite, (with the wild asparagus, wild fennel, & farmers’ bounty)
until now, having ground to nurture ourselves,
ground to lovingly tend and help it bear fruit.

And speaking of fruit,
today we found more berry bushes for sale,
and happily acquired eight (5 blueberries & 3 raspberries),
a no-brainer since each of the bushes are cheaper than a pint of berries.
So we will be busy planting berries while Marmalade is in school tomorrow.

Preparing for our New Year next week.

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