In the fall of 2011, I was an artist-in-residence for 5-weeks in Orissa, India at Rughurajpur International Arts & Crafts Exchange. Together with 25 artists from around the world and the master artisans from the rural village of Rughurajpur, we shared a rich and life affirming cultural art exchange. From Rughurajpur, I traveled by train to the northern-most tip of India in the Himalayas where I volunteered with a Tibetan refugee organization, Lha Charitable Trust. As a native Minnesotan, I am continuously drawn to the stillness of winter climates; my time in Himachal Pradesh was a beautifully stark contrast to the cacophony of life in a jungle village in Orissa.
While a Jerome Foundation residency fellow at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN in August 2012, I had the space and time to develop the film and video work derived from the international artist exchange in India. Throughout my travel exploration I had gathered sound recordings, sketches, notes, Super 8 and video documentation building an archive of ephemera to knit together the film, The Blue of Distance as well as various experimental video installations.