RESIDENCY PROJECT 2017
A Hilarious Healing Game and creating the Dodo Derby
Two artists, a sculptor and a performance artist, were selected to spend a month at Baraka creating a Hilarious Healing Game for two local communities, Millbrook and Stanfordville. The two artists, Lily Cheng and Steph Wadman, hail from different backgrounds and geographies, but came together to create the Dodo Derby, a game that challenges and provokes the communities to unite in the Dodo spirit of shedding inhibitions. The game took form in man powered cart-like structures inspired by common and exotic birds, the Rooster, Penguin, Flamingo, and Turkey.
The artistic duo states that they want to "encourage participants and ourselves to experience different perspectives through interaction with our work. Responding to Baraka’s call to make a “hilarious healing game," we approached how to foster a feeling of unity and loss of inhibitions through a common goal and physical silliness... Inspired by the nostalgia and love of cars of the Stanfordville community, we created a derby as an accessible, fun and challenging way to highlight everyone’s different and possibly hidden strengths. Similar to summer picnic games, the Dodo Derby starts with the drive to be the fastest as an entry point into the joy of creative flailing with others."
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Let the testing begin!
Lily+Steph Test Prototype cars
Playing with carts that are pulled
Playing with proportions and body sizes
Planning and drawing
Lots of time spent hashing through problems and safety issues
Preliminary sketch of an egg cart
Sketches often were transformed into a new idea while building the cars
1st version of The Rooster
Prototyping steering and pushing controls
1st version of The Penguin
Two golf carts strung together with a fire wood basket to make the 1st rendition of the penguin
The Bone Wheel Yard
Many prototypes were cast aside, but all were instrumental in fuelling the final outcome.
Steph and Onnig in studio
Getting down to business building the first two cars the Penguin and the Rooster.
Studio work (Steph)
The satisfaction of a chainsaw
Studio Work (Lily)
Lily works on the Young Penguin carving away at any sharp or uncomfortable bumps.
The Young Penguin
The Young Penguin is specialized for smaller people and is outfitted with soft foam wheels. Get on your belly and slide on the ice!
Young Penguin all dressed up
Big Penguin ready for the races
Wood steaming set-up
Steamed wood was bent in order to make many custom curved components of the cars
Lily keeps the fire stoked
1st wood bending day
Editing templates in the moment
Template for Flamingo Legs
Curved pieces were needed to make horizontal leg braces for the Flamingo.
Lily finishing up the Flamingo
Steering column for the Rooster
Big Penguin, Young Penguin, Rooster
Ready for the first games.
Steph giving a ride on the Rooster
In Progress Turkey
The Turkey went through many different phases and changes.
The Purple Turkey
The turkey has a special hidden rider under the seat
Millbrook Community Day commences!
Stanfordville Community Day Set-up
Steph and Lily celebrate the races
The Dodo Leader board
Francois Fuertie making propeller blades for his Unidentified Flying Cupola
Francois Fuertie sculpting his tree piece
Scultpor Charlie Hachadourian’s lost wax “anti vessels”
Charlie Hachadourian applying wax for earth formed “anti vessels”
Charlie Hachadourian and Ara pouring plaster into an earth “anti vessel”
Edith Abeita preparing tree dome for her performance piece
Poorang Nori building a tonir oven
Poorang Nori covering unearthed roots with common spices from Iran
Poorang Nori baking Lavash bread in a tonir oven
Artists from throughout the world participated in an exhibition/residency program. The project sought to create place-responsive artworks that incorporated site, its role in community, and the use of dialogue and synergy between artists as critical links to a better understanding of both process and intent. Artists participated in pairs, each for one month. Each pair engaged in dialogue with the community and exhibited their works at the conclusion of their residency.
Greg MacAvoy and Kardash Onnig carving speaker
Kardash Onnig carving speaker
Womb of Sorrow
Field of Transfourmation
Transfourming Sorrow Installation 2015
A 100th anniversary commemorative multimedia installation that paid tribute to the systematic decimation of the Armenian population in Anatolian Turkey that began in 1915. Kardash invited all people to mourn their own grief in the "Womb of Sorrow" and transcend their sorrow in the "Field of Transfourmation."
Cement mosaic workspace
Flower and vegetable garden
Artist residence interior
Artist residence interior
70-year old Beech tree
Outdoor studio frame
Building 2nd outdoor studio
Day 1 Gabriel & Sahag cut log lengths for their carvings
Working together to transport logs to their outdoor carving stations
Gabriel experiments with different arrangements
Sahag makes his first cut
Sahag sanding & shaping
Gabriel carving with tools he made & brought from Senegal
Sahag tests the balance
Sahag shaping the bowl interior
A day of dual sanders
Preparing cement for the base
Preparing earth for the base
Blackening with fire
Testing the arrangement of his pieces
Finished piece "c'est ici"
Guests interact with Gabriel
Gabriel talks about his process
The community viewing the sculptures
Sahag explains his piece
Gabriel & Sahag
BARAKA RESIDENCY PROJECT 2016
Dedicated to the memory and legacy of Raul Hague
A month long residency was offered to two artists who work in the discipline of direct carving. The mission of the 2016 Baraka Residency was to provide selected sculptors with time in an open, natural environment where they could incorporate into their work the four disciplines of philosophy, science, art, and spirituality. Preference was given to individuals inclined to engage the “Tao of direct carving” and who strive for universality in their work. Each artist was given a log to carve, a workspace, and access to hand and power tools.