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![...]

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Good Friday

This was going to be a post about the wildflowers
which are now beginning to bloom everywhere,
and the wildlife visiting all around our house.

And the fish we got for the pond,
and the things we’ve been building
and the things we’ve been planting.

But I’m not really in the mood tonight
to talk about the things we’ve been doing,
partly to improve our home,
and partly as a distraction.

Nutella’s health had been deteriorating throughout the week.
Her mobility was declining and her infections were festering.
Luckily, her suffering was minimal, and she slept a lot
before falling into the final sleep
on Good Friday.

We buried her this morning, out in our backyard,
on a sunny slope where she had often slept.
I will plant flowers there during the next favorable time,

some flowering bulbs that will bloom during her birthday in September.

She would’ve turned eleven.

My first hamster, Honey, also died on Good Friday.
Perhaps it is just a popular day for dying,
or perhaps there is more significance.

Good Friday always seemed a day of acceptance.
And this year is no different.

I hope for all the creatures I’ve known
that they would rise again,
reborn into new bodies,
to find a new place in the world.

But some I’ve bonded with more,
and Nut is there.

I’ve welcomed her to come back someday,
and we are working to make this home happy for her return.
But I don’t miss her in a possessive kinda way,
and just hope that she’s okay, happy really,
contented with whatever the future brings her.

I’ve been thinking about the expression “farewell”
which we often use for “goodbye”
but really is more like “bon voyage”

I wish her a good journey.

And want to remember all the good times we’ve had.
I’ve been grateful for her companionship.

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marisa wrote on Apr 20:

yeah, we were all a bit bummed out about Nut,
but Marmalade seems to be handling it best.
(probably because during these last few months,
Nut's been less playful & interactive,
so from Marm's perspective, nut's been gone awhile now.)
Also, our neighbor asked her last week if she wanted a kitten.
So she's really excited that in a few weeks, she'll be getting a kitten.

Mohamed misses her every mealtime,
and is sad when she's not wagging to greet us when we get home.

I feel lonely,
as Nut was constantly by my side.
or under my feet.
or next to me on the couch.

But these past few weeks have been draining,
as her wounds were open & oozing & needed daily care.
I was worried for her quality of life,
and thankful that she didn't suffer,
just sorta faded away during last Friday.

But otherwise,
life is good.

Marmalade has been spending a lot of time playing with Sebastian,
especially after all her visitors had come & gone
(first my father, then Mohamed's brother & parents)
Phew.

Thanks for your concerns.

co-director (s) wrote on Apr 16:

It's the hardest to lose your animal family. We've lost many too but you're right, the memories of all the good time and companionship never fade and warm us -- RIP, Nutella

co-director (m) wrote on Apr 15:

So sorry to hear about Nutella Marisa. Sending you Mohamed and Marmalade our love and condolences. Take care.