SEA, Skowhegan Exchange of Art, 2010

“What is a community for artists?” 

In the Summer of 2010, I participated in the one of most prestigious artist residencies in the United States called Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
The program is a nine-week summer institution where each year 65 emerging artists live and work together.
As a social art project while I was a participant of the residency I opened a barter store for the community.
At the beginning, the most frequently exchanged objects were foods and necessities of daily life.
Gradually art work such as sculpture and drawings, and services like massages, haircuts, and even manicures became items to be exchanged for barter.
The range of exchanged items eventually transformed into even wider conceptual exchanges such as an “exchange of ideas”.

After about one month of running the store on the Skowhegan campus, I decided to shift the store’s focus to include the local farmers market.
The store began an exchange of objects between the local residents of the town Skowhegan and the participants of the residency.
It became a place to be social and to communicate.
The store became a form of dialogue not only between the artists of the residency but also between the people who lived and worked in the town.

Thanks to
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.
Skowhegan Farmers’ Market.