The “bluesy” news of April 2017 (anticipated and not anticipated)
It has been rather an eventful April at the office of RFAOH — both personally and residency-related — that this post had to wait until the very end of the month. First, the anticipated (yet no less easy) news is that this was our brew master Joyce Lau‘s last month at RFAOH — how much we have learned about “scoby” and how many times her reports with stunning photos of her beverages have made us run to the nearby pub! Now, is Joyce going back to making art? We don’t know that yet but what we know for sure is that her on-hiatus project will continue further, as she enrols herself into a brewing microbiology course (and not an MFA (;) at the Oregon State University in June! How amazing is that, she has our full respect and we send her our utmost cheers for her ongoing adventure. And our dream is of course to try out her own Kombuchas and beers in the near future!!
Second, in some totally unexpected news, our “poet” resident Rob Santaguida has decided to leave his residency term three months earlier than planned. We still do not know exactly where he is right now, but he wrote:
“At the intersection, there were no cars in sight, but I waited. The little green man appeared, urged me forward. Reluctantly I crossed. A short time later, I decided I needed to end my break. This will be my final entry.”
He said he will make a film. We (and we’re certain his secret fans, too) will miss his enigmatic and beautifully poetic on-hiatus reports. It was fantastic that we had a chance to meet him in person at RFAOH’s headquarters Montreal on a typical grey and icy winter day last year, and discussed what it was like or meant to be “on hiatus from art” for him. Please also send him cheers for coming out of his “retirement” and going back to the world of artmaking; let’s look forward to his film in the future!
Now that we have only three months left until the end of our 3rd term with only five residents, we feel slightly “bluesy” despite all the spring blossoms. Having said that, we know that our RFAOH community keeps going as strong as ever with more exciting news on the way. Please continue to follow us and leave your comments on our remaining residents’ reports. We’ll also let you know when Joyce and Rob’s “final reports” are up on their pages. Thank you Joyce and Rob for your inspiring on-hiatus endeavours and participation; we are super happy to have had you at RFAOH! Bon Voyage!