art, lo que sea, 2015




art, lo que sea is community project I designed and conducted in the town of El Bruc, Spain, during my stay at Can Serrat Artist Residency in the summer of 2015.
El Bruc is a town about 2,000 people lives (in 2014), and located at the foot of Montserrat and 45 km from Barcelona.

First of all, I walked the town with the flyer that explains my project in Spanish.

(in English)

My name is Tomoe Tsutsumi.
I am Japanese. I live in NY.
I am an artist living in Can Serrat for July and August.
I need you to participate in my art project.

My project is titled
"Art Whatever".
I'd like to offer my art for whatever you need.
I don't accept money.
It's only done by exchange.
You can exchange goods,
service or whatever you think
it's the same value of the art I make for you.

[...] Please ask me any questions.
I'd be happy to talk with you.
Thank you!

I handed the flyer everyone I greeted on the street.
Most importantly, I got to put the flyer on the information board at Carlets, one and only supermarket in El Bruc.

First successful exchange was made with Laura Perez. She was a mother of two beautiful children and worked at local cafe.
The way we communicated was interesting because we didn't have a common language. But somehow we understood each other. She would like me to make a drawing of her children. She sent me a picture of them and I made a drawing.

I was very nervous when I handed the drawing to her. Then, she told me that she didn't like the drawing because it's "demonios".

I was shocked at first but then I was happy because she was very honest. A few days later, I made a re-do of the drawing, and went to the cafe and handed it to her. She smiled at me and told me to come back later.

A few hours later, I went back to the cafe as she said. She was saying "I don't know this is good for your drawing" again and again, and she gave me a big cake that she baked for me. She told me it's Catalan traditional cake. I could't say a word. I was so moved.

I completed two exchanges with artists from Can Serrat Artist Residency as well. First one was with Adelaide Ivanova, a photographer from Brazil, lives in Germany.
After she told me interesting story about her grandmother, I made embroidery on her tank top.

After Adelaide and I completed the residency and went back to our own homes, in Berlin and New York, she sent me a beautiful print that she photographed in El Bruc.

The second exchange was with Martha Otis. She was a writer from Florida. She would like me to make a drawing of Apollonia, a Tanzanian chimpanzee who is very intelligent and a main charter of her book. You can read her text that she wrote me here.


Continue to art, lo que sea (2).



Thanks to

Carles Estrada
Laura Perez
Adelaide Ivanova
Martha Otis
and Can Serrat Artist Residency.